Watkins Glen: A.J. Foyt Racing preview

Notes & Quotes: Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen Vitor Meira: No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda/Firestone * Meira on racing at The Glen: "I like racing there a lot--it's been a good track for me. It's more European in design with long...

Notes & Quotes: Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen

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

* Meira on racing at The Glen: "I like racing there a lot--it's been a good track for me. It's more European in design with long corners where you have to carry speed into them. Europe is where all of my background is on the road courses--the road courses in Brazil are like Europe's too. They're different from street courses--my first street course was here in America (as well as the ovals) so I had a lot of catching up to do on them. Also, the Glen has a lot of history--Formula 1 raced there--so I really like it. Being that it's on the 4th of July, that is a cool weekend to do well, especially for A.J. and ABC Supply!"

* Meira on the key to the car's set-up: "Setup wise, it's all about the combination, but the key is carrying speed into the corners. Unlike street courses where you have to break and have good traction, at the Glen you don't have to brake as deep every time but you do have to carry speed and come out of the corner fast."

* Best place to pass? "Definitely turn 1, no doubt about it. It's the only hard braking area after a long straight, also turn 8 which is the second gear hairpin turn--those are the best places, but there are other places to pass so it's a fairly good track for overtaking. To overtake on road courses you have to brake at the same place or later than the car in front of you. But you must come out of the previous corner a bit faster so on the straight you can place your car alongside the other and then brake later to pass."

* Testing at Mid-Ohio: The team is testing at Mid-Ohio this Wednesday on their way to the Glen. Meira says, "We're looking at trying some things that we want to test before Watkins Glen. It will be good as we get in shape for the second series of road courses this season. Iowa was pretty physically demanding but road courses are so every time. I changed my training a little bit to focus more on a strength workout because you need strength to turn that wheel."

* Past performance at The Glen: Meira says, "I've run well here but it was hard to come out with a good result. Sort of like it was for me in Iowa, but it seems this year, things are changing so I hope to finish and get a good result. The team's done good at the Glen, so we can combine our experience and get a good result together."

Meira qualified in the top-10 in his four starts there and finished second in 2006. In 2005, he had electrical problems and placed 18th, in 2007 he ran out of fuel, finishing 17th and in 2008, he placed 22nd after E.J. Viso ran Meira off the track while vying for sixth. Foyt's ABC Supply Racing team's string of top 10 finishes since 2006 ended last year with Ryan Hunter-Reay's first lap shunt into Raphael Matos--a chain reaction to someone missing a shift heading into the Esses. The no. 14 has finished in the top-five twice (5th with Felipe Giaffone - 2006; 2nd with Darren Manning - 2008) and top-10 once (9th with Manning - 2007).

* Del's Vinyl Siding, of Cheshire, CT, is this weekend's winner of the ABC Supply Your Name Here Promotion for its customers. The company name will be put on the top of the sidepods of the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda. Del Levasseur and his guest will receive selected merchandise, race tickets, hospitality and garage passes, plus a Meet and Greet with A.J. Foyt and 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.

* The Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen will be broadcast live Sunday afternoon, July 4 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC-TV.

-source: ajfr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Ryan Hunter-Reay , A.J. Foyt , Vitor Meira