Mid-Ohio: AJ Foyt Racing preview

* Vitor Meira on Mid-Ohio: "Mid-Ohio is like a lot of the European road courses where I began driving the formula cars back in the 1990s. It is a flowing track and it has elevation changes, so it has a little bit of everything. The car has to be...

* Vitor Meira on Mid-Ohio: "Mid-Ohio is like a lot of the European road courses where I began driving the formula cars back in the 1990s. It is a flowing track and it has elevation changes, so it has a little bit of everything. The car has to be good overall. It's also a smooth track that has a lot of grip so you can attack it on all the corners. By that I mean you can brake later than you think but you have to have confidence you will make it -- and you will because of the grip level. It's also a very physical track--one of the most physical we race on. The amount of grip makes the steering real heavy so you have to be well rested before the race. For me that means no exercise to speak of from Wednesday on, plus eating well and hydrating well. I like the track and we tested there so I'm confident it will be a good weekend for us."

* Meira tested at Mid-Ohio June 30th when they utilized a ride-height control for the first time. For this race, the team will be using a different ride-height control, this one was designed by the team's former chief engineer Adam Schaechter, who has supplied it to several other teams in the series. It was installed in the car last week after the team returned from Edmonton, Canada. In the past three events at Mid-Ohio, the No. 14 ABC Supply/Dallara has had a good race set-up and finished in the top-10 in all three races with two different drivers.

* Past performance for Meira at Mid-Ohio: In his first start at the track in 2007, Meira started 18th and finished 17th in a tough weekend. Going for it in qualifying, Meira spun off course relegating him to 18th for Panther Racing. He began his march through the field and was up to ninth when his car lost water pressure, forcing his retirement after 54 laps. In 2008, he started 11th and finished sixth after an early switch from wets to slicks.

* Past performance for Foyt Racing at Mid-Ohio: Last year, Ryan Hunter-Reay, subbing for Meira, narrowly missed the Firestone Fast Six and qualified seventh. He finished fourth for the team's best finish in 2009. In 2008, Darren Manning started 21st and capitalized on changing from the rain tires to slicks immediately after the green flag flew as did 11th-starting Vitor Meira. Meira and Manning ran one-two until the first full course yellow. Manning eventually finished eighth (Meira was sixth). In 2007, Manning started eighth and finished sixth after running as high as third in the first stint. He was running in the top-five for most of the race, dropping to sixth on a restart snafu and then popping up to fourth before a dash into the pits for a splash of fuel dropped him to sixth with 10 laps to go. The Foyt team competed in eight CART events at Mid-Ohio in the years 1988-1995. The team's best start--14th--came in 1991 with Mike Groff, who dropped out with electrical problems. Robby Gordon gave the team its best finish--second--after starting 15th in 1993.

-source: ajfr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Robby Gordon , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing