Vitor Meira: No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda/Firestone Vitor Meira returns to Edmonton after a one year hiatus, and remembers: "The track is very bumpy. It's a track that you have to hustle at. The car is never going to be perfect there because...
Vitor Meira: No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Vitor Meira returns to Edmonton after a one year hiatus, and remembers: "The track is very bumpy. It's a track that you have to hustle at. The car is never going to be perfect there because there's so many different things happening on the track. You have to make compromises in order to make sure you have the car optimized in those areas where you can make the most time. I think the back section is key. There's a second gear complex before that high speed right-hander which comes right before the long straight, getting through there and over those bumps is very important. I also remember that it has a lot of marbles and chews up tires so monitoring the tires will also be critical."
Meira and his wife Adriana stayed in Toronto until Wednesday: "We went to Niagara Falls on Tuesday. It was only an hour and a half away. We saw the falls on the U.S. side and it was really beautiful. We had lunch there and then drove back to Toronto in the afternoon. That evening we had dinner in the CN Tower. Adriana had to fly back to Miami today [Wednesday] because she has to take some tests on Thursday [studying for her MBA]. I'll probably just work out a lot in Edmonton."
On racing in Canada: "As a Brazilian, Canada felt a lot like being in America--it didn't feel much different. But definitely there is a different crowd here--a lot of young people which is a good thing for our future. They do know their stuff about racing for sure."
At Toronto, Meira started 26th and finished 11th. He was challenging for eighth with 10 laps to go when he locked the brakes to avoid hitting Simona DeSilvestro who slowed for a scramble ahead of her going into Turn 3 (but he hit her anyway). They both continued but Meira's tires were blistered from the incident and he lost two spots in the final six laps. He gained a position in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings and is currently 12th.
Past performance at Edmonton: In 2008, Meira started 16th and finished 19th in the 4 car because he had a mechanical problem with the steering that worsened as the race went on. He finally pitted for repairs which took several laps. Darren Manning started 18th and finished 10th in the 14 car. In 2009, Ryan Hunter-Reay (subbing for Meira) started 21st and by the final stint was challenging for 11th when the rear stepped out and he did a quarter spin and clipped the wall. The crew replaced the rear wing and he rejoined the race, finishing 17th.