Kansas: AJ Foyt Racing preview

Vitor Meira: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Honda/Firestone * Meira on Kansas: "It's really a normal one and a half mile oval, very standard except for the seams, the seams [in the asphalt] are very severe. You can run over them [across them]...

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

* Meira on Kansas: "It's really a normal one and a half mile oval, very standard except for the seams, the seams [in the asphalt] are very severe. You can run over them [across them] but you can't run on them. If you put a tire on the seam, it really moves the car--it loses a lot of grip. If you start turning in [to the corner] on the seam, you're eventually going to wash up. The seam doesn't have any grip. That's the only trick: to have a good line, you have to always be aware of the seams."

* Handling Traffic at Kansas: "Nowadays in the IRL, everything is so close that even if you are by yourself and you are trying to overtake a slower car by moving up to the second lane, it becomes difficult. You're going to have to run a longer line and the guy running the shorter line has the advantage. Since everything is really close, it becomes really difficult, but if there is a place where traffic is a little bit easier to deal with, that would be Kansas Speedway."

* On His Success at Kansas: "For me there was a time there [2004-2006] when I finished in the top three for three races in a row. It's one of those tracks where I know what to do and what to ask from the car...I really like the track and maybe it fits what I like from the car. It's a track that changes a lot during the race and I was able to predict what the track and how the car was going to be by the end of the race so we could prepare for that. You have to prepare your car for the last ten laps of the race, not really the first ten."

* Meira has finished in the top 10 at Kansas every time that he finished the race: 2nd in 2004, 3rd in 2005 and 2006 and 8th in 2007. His first race and most recent race there ended early with mechanical problems. The Foyt team won the doubleheader at Kansas Speedway in 2002 with Airton Dare winning the IndyCar race and A.J. Foyt IV winning the Indy Lights race.

* ABC Supply roofing customer Rite Way Roofing, Inc. of Fayetteville, AR won the 'Your Name Here' contest for the RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300. The company name will be atop the sidepods of the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda. Larry Corbitt 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.

* Kansas City Connections: Cecil Taylor, born, raised and still living in Kansas City, has worked with Foyt since 1966. Taylor doesn't travel the entire circuit anymore but he still works on the tires for the team at Indy and is always at his hometown race.

* Last race: In the Long Beach Grand Prix, Meira and the ABC Supply team had a tough weekend. It was Meira's first time to the temporary street course and the Foyt team's first time there since 1995; since then the course has been changed substantially to accommodate urban development. Meira qualified 20th, ran as high as 11th and was credited with 14th. He slid into a tire barrier on the final lap which capped a disappointing weekend. "Vitor's still got stuff to learn about working with us and he's learning real quick but at the same time, we didn't give him a top-10 car at Long Beach, so it really made for a bad weekend," said A.J. Foyt.

* The Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 will be shown live at 4:00 p.m Eastern. time Sunday, April 26th on Versus .

-credit: www.ajfoytracing.com.

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