Vitor Meira Finishes 10th, Moves to 9th in IZOD IndyCar Standings KANSAS CITY, KS May 1, 2010--Vitor Meira and the ABC Supply Racing team finished 10th in the RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway today and moved from 11th to ninth in the...
Vitor Meira Finishes 10th, Moves to 9th in IZOD IndyCar Standings
KANSAS CITY, KS May 1, 2010--Vitor Meira and the ABC Supply Racing team finished 10th in the RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway today and moved from 11th to ninth in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings. Meira kept his record intact of finishing in the top-10 if he finishes the race at Kansas Speedway. Today was the fifth time he did so in eight starts.
"We needed more grip towards the end of the run but on the short run, the car was awesome fast and I was able to keep up with anyone," Meira said afterwards. "It was just a problem with the older tires. But the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt team has put us in a good position going into Indy.
It was Meira's first time back on an oval track in nearly a year but he looked like he hadn't missed a beat. Afterwards he said, "Ovals are intense! After all these months out of the car and not racing ovals continuously, ovals are intense! I'm glad to be back and I like this feeling."
Meira started sixth for his best start of the season and moved into fourth by lap seven, and was closing on the leaders. However, by lap 27, he radioed in that the car was losing grip. As the stint wore on the condition got worse.
That was pretty much the story of his race. He would run strong at the beginning of the fuel run but then would have to slow as the car lost its grip. Since it wasn't something that could be fixed in a pit stop, he had to make the best of the situation which he did.
"I was always strong on restarts, Jeff [Britton, chief engineer] did an awesome job with the gears and the car was good with new tires," Meira explained. "I was very confident from the get-go. I knew I could go inside or outside of traffic on restarts. Our problem was near the end of the run. The important thing is we're learning every day, we got two positions for the championship, and if we do that every weekend, we'll be good."
The ABC Supply crew turned in solid pit stops all day but congestion on pit road saw Meira use good judgment on several occasions to avoid colliding with other cars. He lost several positions in two instances but he avoided the situations which would have put him out of the race.
Larry Foyt, who ran the team the entire weekend because his father A.J. was at the Kentucky Derby this weekend, summed up the day by saying, "The race started really well for us, and the car was really fast. But we noticed that we lost the handle a bit on older tires so I think we might have been just a little too aggressive on our setup. Once he got into some traffic, Vitor was just struggling for grip. He hung in there, did a good job and I'm glad we got a top 10. We showed some speed which I think is good and I think we learned a lot that's going to help us on our set-up for these mile and a half tracks. It was a good step in the right direction. It was a little bit frustrating because we showed so much promise and wanted to finish really well but it was still a decent result in the end."
The IZOD IndyCar Series heads to Indianapolis in two weeks where they will begin preparation for the Indianapolis 500.