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NOTES & QUOTES: Iowa Corn Indy 250 Vitor Meira: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Honda/Firestone * Favorite memory involving his father Haroldo: "Most of my memories around my dad involve racing. When I was little I wanted an electric mini-car...

NOTES & QUOTES: Iowa Corn Indy 250

Vitor Meira: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Honda/Firestone

* Favorite memory involving his father Haroldo: "Most of my memories around my dad involve racing. When I was little I wanted an electric mini-car and my dad gave me a choice between that and a go-kart. I knew nothing about go-karts so he took me to a track to see them. He said I could run the mini-car at home anytime I wanted but the go-kart I could only run at the race track. I chose the go-kart. It was faster and louder and I could race against other kids. It looked like a lot more fun. Looking back now, I think it was really perceptive on his part."

* Vitor Meira on how his dad influenced his racing career: "My dad was very hard on me when I made mistakes and he would keep drilling it into me until one of us would get too upset. I don't think he had to be that hard on me but then again I am competing in the IndyCar Series so maybe he was right to do so. He made me realize that I have to take all aspects very seriously--not just the racing because that was the part he knew the least about--but also the sponsorship stuff and relationships within the team because all of that affects your racing."

* Meira on the key to Iowa: "First, have nothing go wrong! Seriously, I think the most important turns are 1 and 2 so if you have your car working well in 1 and 2, you'll be good in 3 and 4 and you'll do well. It is a two groove track--at least in 3 and 4--I'm not so sure about 1 and 2. I always preferred the outside in 3 and 4 but that depends quite a lot on car set-up."

* Meira on the differences between turns 1 and 2 vs. 3 and 4: "In 1 and 2 there is a pretty big bump because of the tunnel which upsets the car quite a lot there, so getting through that is critical. Not only that, the corner feels tighter because you're approaching it from the dogleg on the front stretch, the front stretch isn't really straight, it's more of a big wide curve which technically makes the track a tri-oval but we still refer to it as having four corners. Those are the biggest differences between turns 1 - 2 and turns 3 - 4."

* ABC Supply roofing customer Rick's Roofing & Siding Inc. of Ham Lake, Minn. won the 'Your Name Here' contest for the Iowa Corn Indy 250. The company name will be atop the sidepods of the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda. Rick Longnecker will receive selected merchandise, race tickets, hospitality and garage passes, plus a Meet and Greet with Vitor Meira. The "Your Name Here" promotion selected winners by random drawing from a pool of entries sent in by ABC Supply customers earlier this year.

* Iowa performance: Substitute Ryan Hunter-Reay was collected when rookie Robert Doornbos spun in turn 4 on lap three. In 2008, Meira started 12th and finished 15th -- had problems getting into his pitbox due to mechanical issues with his steering. Gridded by points, Darren Manning started 19th and dropped out after 94 laps due to the steering being too heavy. In 2007, Meira started 13th and was credited with ninth but he crashed out on lap 217 when his suspension failed. Manning started 15th and finished fifth.

* The Iowa Corn Indy 250 will be shown live at 1:30 p.m. ET on Father's Day, June 20 on Versus.

-source: ajfr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Robert Doornbos , A.J. Foyt , Vitor Meira