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Vitor Meira

Meira in 2008
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Date of birth March 27, 1977 (1977-03-27) (age 32)
Place of birth Brasília, Brazil
2010 IRL IndyCar Series
Debut season 2002
Current team A.J. Foyt Enterprises
Car no. 14
Former teams Panther Racing
Rahal Letterman Racing
Team Menard
Starts 96
Wins 0
Poles 2
Best finish 5th in 2006
Championship titles
2000 Formula Three Sudamericana
Awards
2008 Scott Brayton Trophy

Vitor Meira (born March 27, 1977 in Brasília, Brazil) is an auto racing driver currently competing in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. He is best known for twice finishing second in the Indianapolis 500.[1]

After participating in an open test for Panther Racing at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002, he made his Indy Racing League debut with Team Menard on August 11, 2002 at Kentucky Speedway. A little over a month later, Vitor won his first career pole at Texas Motor Speedway just after four starts, and finished in third place.

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IndyCar Series

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2003

In 2003, Meira ran his first start of the year for Team Menard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he finished 12th as a rookie in the Indianapolis 500[1]. Meira then ran the next seven races in the #2 Johns Manville powered Dallara Chevrolet, until a practice crash at Kentucky Speedway sidelined him for the next three races. After recovering from his wrist injury he suffered at Kentucky, Vitor ran the final two races of the season.

2004

In 2004, Meira missed the first two races of the season before a race-by-race deal was presented to Meira by Rahal-Letterman Racing. After Vitor's disappointing finish of 17th in Indy Japan 300, where he suffered a clutch problem, he ran the rest of the season in the #17 G-Force sponsored by Centrix Financial. At The Milwaukee Mile, on July 25, 2004, Meira earned his second career pole.

2005

Rahal-Letterman Racing signed Meira to a three-year contract in 2005, with backing from longtime supporter, Johns Manville and Menards. His most notable race finish was second to Dan Wheldon at the Indianapolis 500[1]. Despite being cast aside in the media for fellow teammates, Buddy Rice and Danica Patrick, Meira gave Rahal-Letterman Racing their best final point standing finish of seventh as well as recording seven top five and eleven top ten finishes for the team. After losing a majority of the funds for the #17 car, Rahal-Letterman needed a driver who had sponsorship with them. For Meira, that meant losing his ride to the late Paul Dana, who brought Ethanol sponsorship.

2006

Going in to 2006, Meira was looking to moving back to Brazil and run stock cars for fellow Brazilian and IndyCar competitor, Helio Castroneves' team. But just as he was getting ready to pack his bags for Brasilia, he received a phone call from Panther Racing owner, John Barnes. Even though Panther had lost their longtime sponsor, Pennzoil, as well as engine supplier, Chevrolet, the owners (John Barnes, Mike Griffin, Jim Harbaugh, and Doug Boles), sold off old cars, parts, and equipment to keep the team running. After much speculation of the team closing its doors in Indianapolis, the news came on February 10, 2006 that Panther Racing and Meira signed a deal to run the famous #4 for the 2006 IndyCar season. Throughout 2006, Panther Racing and Meira had a plethora of sponsors on the side of their Honda powered Dallara. Econova, Network Live, Harrah's, Lincoln Tech, and Revive all adorned the sidepods of the brightly colored orange car during the 2006 season. Despite not winning a race in 2006, Meira finished a career best of fifth in the IndyCar point standings after finishing the season with seven top five and twelve top ten finishes. Even though he hasn't won a race in over 50 starts, he has finished second seven times in his career.

2007

After signing a three-year contract with Panther Racing in 2008, Meira will be sponsored by longtime IndyCar participant, Delphi Corporation, who signed a two-year deal with the team. Unlike 2006, Meira and Panther went back to a two-car IndyCar effort in 2007 as well as bringing back a car into the Indy Pro Series. For 2007, Aguri Suzuki brought over driver, Kosuke Matsuura and main sponsor, Panasonic, from the defunct Fernandez Racing. The car carried number 55, and will be badged run under the Super Aguri Panther Racing banner. With Suzuki's help, he brought the talent of Hideki Mutoh to the eyes of Panther Racing. Mutoh, was the lone Panther Racing entry in the Indy Pro Series.

Meira, who became engaged to longtime girlfriend, Adriana, in March 2006, were married at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on March 22, 2008.

Meira testing at Barber Motorsports Park during the 2007-2008 off-season

2008

Meira returned to Panther Racing in 2008 where the United States National Guard became the car's primary sponsor and Delphi became a secondary one. However, the team again contracted to a single car in the IndyCar Series as the Aguri and their sponsorship took Mutoh to the IndyCar Series with Andretti Green Racing rather than Panther.

Meira finished second in the 2008 running of the Indianapolis 500 matching his second place finish in 2005. Meira chased the eventual winner, Scott Dixon, closing the gap to as little as 0.4 seconds until losing ground due to late race traffic. Meira set his fastest lap on lap 195 of 200[1].

2009

Vitor drove the #14 for A. J. Foyt Enterprises in 2009, replacing Darren Manning. During the 2009 Indianapolis 500, Meira's car survived a spectactular fire in the pits and he later broke two vertebrae in his lower back during a crash involving Raphael Matos on lap 174. Meira did not need surgery and the fracture was treated with a back brace.[2]. Meira was out for the rest of the 2009 season. [3]

2010

Meira will be back with A. J. Foyt Enterprises in the IRL IndyCar Series full–time for the 2010 season.

Motorsports career results

American open wheel results

(key)

Year Series Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2002 IndyCar Menard United States
HMS
 
United States
PHX
 
United States
FON
 
United States
NZR
 
United States
INDY
 
United States
TXS
 
United States
PPIR
 
United States
RIR
 
United States
KAN
 
United States
NSH
 
United States
MIS
 
United States
KTY
15
United States
STL
9
United States
CHI
8
United States
TX2
3
25th 96
2003 IndyCar Menard United States
HMS
DNP
United States
PHX
DNP
Japan
MOT
DNP
United States
INDY
12
United States
TXS
12
United States
PPIR
16
United States
RIR
Ret
United States
KAN
Ret
United States
NSH
Ret
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
STL
9
United States
KTY
DNS
United States
NZR
DNP
United States
CHI
DNP
United States
FON
11
United States
TX2
4
22nd 170
2004 IndyCar Rahal Letterman United States
HMS
DNP
United States
PHX
DNP
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
INDY
6
United States
TXS
6
United States
RIR
2
United States
KAN
2
United States
NSH
12
United States
MIL
5
United States
MIS
5
United States
KTY
7
United States
PPIR
7
United States
NZR
10
United States
CHI
5
United States
FON
Ret
United States
TX2
4
8th 376
2005 IndyCar Rahal Letterman United States
HMS
4
United States
PHX
11
United States
STP
5
Japan
MOT
15
United States
INDY
2
United States
TXS
9
United States
RIR
Ret
United States
KAN
3
United States
NSH
Ret
United States
MIL
9
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
KTY
2
United States
PPIR
5
United States
SNM
9
United States
CHI
7
United States
WGL
Ret
United States
FON
3
7th 422
2006 IndyCar Panther United States
HMS
Ret
United States
STP
5
Japan
MOT
10
United States
INDY
10
United States
WGL
2
United States
TXS
6
United States
RIR
2
United States
KAN
3
United States
NSH
3
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
MIS
2
United States
KTY
6
United States
SNM
3
United States
CHI
6
5th 411
2007 IndyCar Panther United States
HMS
4
United States
STP
16
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
KAN
8
United States
INDY
10
United States
MIL
5
United States
TXS
5
United States
IOW
Ret
United States
RIR
9
United States
WGL
17
United States
NSH
10
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
KTY
10
United States
SNM
9
United States
DET
Ret
United States
CHI
Ret
12th 334
2008 IndyCar Panther United States
HMS
10
United States
STP
Ret
Japan
MOT1
Ret
United States
LBH1
DNP
United States
KAN
Ret
United States
INDY
2
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
TXS
7
United States
IOW
15
United States
RIR
Ret
United States
WGL
Ret
United States
NSH
6
United States
MDO
6
Canada
EDM
19
United States
KTY
4
United States
SNM
7
United States
DET
17
United States
CHI
Ret
Australia
SRF2
14
13th 324
2009 IndyCar Foyt United States
STP
9
United States
LBH
14
United States
KAN
Ret
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
Inj
United States
TXS
Inj
United States
IOW
Inj
United States
RIR
Inj
United States
WGL
Inj
Canada
TOR
Inj
Canada
EDM
Inj
United States
KTY
Inj
United States
MDO
Inj
United States
SNM
Inj
United States
CHI
Inj
Japan
MOT
Inj
United States
HMS
Inj
28th 62
2010 IndyCar Foyt Brazil
SAO
3
United States
STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
United States
TXS
United States
IOW
United States
WGL
Canada
TOR
Canada
EDM
United States
MDO
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
KTY
Japan
MOT
United States
HMS
3rd* 35*
* Season in progress.
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
10 4 98 2 0 15 42 0 0

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2003 Dallara Chevrolet 26th 12th Menard
2004 G-Force Honda 7th 6th Rahal Letterman
2005 Panoz Honda 7th 2nd Rahal Letterman
2006 Dallara Honda 6th 10th Panther
2007 Dallara Honda 19th 10th Panther
2008 Dallara Honda 8th 2nd Panther
2009 Dallara Honda 14th 21st Foyt

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hoover Orsi
Formula Three Sudamericana Champion
2000
Succeeded by
Juliano Moro
Awards
Preceded by
Tony Kanaan
Scott Brayton Award
2008
Succeeded by
Sarah Fisher

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