Sao Paulo: AJ Foyt Racing preview

Vitor Meira: No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda/Firestone * Meira on racing in his home country: "It's really good to be racing here in Brazil. I never raced an Indy car or for that matter a top category car in my home country. The last race I did...

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

* Meira on racing in his home country: "It's really good to be racing here in Brazil. I never raced an Indy car or for that matter a top category car in my home country. The last race I did here was Formula 3 so it's really good to race here in a well recognized series. It is the first huge event that I will do here so I'm really excited and looking forward to it."

* Meira on competing on a course for the first time: "I've seen the São Paulo course as much as everyone else has seen--the simulations online at Indycar.com. So my first time to see it will be when I get to the race track. It doesn't compare to anything really because it's a street course with very long straights so the learning curve and adaptation will be huge for this event. It's tough but it will be tough for the whole team and for everybody. It's a course that will be very different for all of us, and a course that will be changing throughout the weekend. The course will be changing through the last lap of the race. It will get rubber down and then it will get cleaner, but it will be tough for everybody. Adaptation and educated guesswork will be a big deal this weekend so we have to be real smart."

* On dealing with the pressure of racing before family and friends: "It is what it is, right? I don't have much of an option on that. The biggest pressure, it comes from myself. It's an important year for me but the whole team. I'm dealing with the pressure like everyone else, we have to work harder and work smarter so that's how I try to face it."

* Meira on street courses: "Street races are harder on the cars' gearboxes because of the bumps and more shifting--there are a lot of second gear corners. You can do things as a driver like not use as much rear brake because when you do, you're locking the rear wheels which makes it harder on the downshift. And you have to be careful on upshifting too but in the end, it's all a balance between gaining speed or losing time. If you do things like shift earlier and not right on the edge then you lose time and speed.

* Meira makes his return to IndyCar racing this weekend after sitting out 13 races following his horrific crash in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 where he sustained two broken vertebrae. Meira returned to the cockpit of the No. 14 car at Indy at the end of September to get back in the saddle. He also completed two days of testing at Barber Motorsports Park last month.

* ABC Supply returns for its sixth year as primary sponsor of A.J. Foyt's No. 14 with GAF-ELK signing on for another year on the car's engine cover.

-source: ajf racing

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