Meira on the key to Texas: "I think we need to have the fastest car with as little downforce as possible for qualifying and the race. It's a fast track and you have multiple lines and it has a lot of banking. Texas gets pretty tight with traffic...
Meira on the key to Texas: "I think we need to have the fastest car with as little downforce as possible for qualifying and the race. It's a fast track and you have multiple lines and it has a lot of banking. Texas gets pretty tight with traffic and that's the reason you want to have a good comfortable race car. If Kansas was tight, Texas is going to be even tighter. The race is at night, the air gets cool and we have better downforce this year compared to last year's race which got a little strung out. So you need a comfortable car in traffic but at the same time, you need a fast car because really comfortable cars don't get you to the front normally."
Meira on bouncing back from disappointment at Indy: We'll bounce back like any other bad result or bad day. You take what you needed to learn, you learn and you hope to use that in the future. And the future is the next race. We know we have a good car, the car at Indy was very good, very comfortable; we had a very fast car in Kansas and that is sort of the same track as Texas so we're very hopeful for Texas."
On racing at night at Texas: "The lights are awesome in Texas so it's not a big difference from the day."
Meira won his first pole position at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002. Driving for Menard, Meira finished third in his first race at the track. In nine starts there, he has posted eight top 10 finishes, four of which were top-fives. His best finish to date is third, achieved in 2002 and 2003.
ABC Supply employee Arnold Luna, who works in the Austin, Texas branch, will be the honorary crew member for the race. Luna will help the team as they prepare for the race and will participate in the pit stops, operating the deadman valve on the fueling rig.