Vítor Meira

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Vítor Meira
VitorMeiraJune2008.jpg
Meira in 2008
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Born (1977-03-27) March 27, 1977 (age 37)
Brasília, Brazil
2014 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 112
Wins 0
Poles 2
Best champ.
finish
5th in 2006
Championship titles
2000 Formula Three Sudamericana
Awards
2008 Scott Brayton Trophy

Vítor Meira (born March 27, 1977 in Brasília, Brazil) is an auto racing driver, formerly competing in the IndyCar Series. He has twice finished second in the Indianapolis 500.[1][2]

IndyCar Series[edit]

2002[edit]

After participating in an open test for Panther Racing at Texas Motor Speedway in 2002, Meira made his IndyCar 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 after just four starts,[3] and finished in third place.[4]

2003[edit]

In 2003, Meira ran his first start of the year for Team Menard at the Indianapolis 500, where he finished 12th as a rookie.[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[edit]

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.[5]

2005[edit]

Rahal-Letterman Racing signed Meira to a three-year contract in 2005, with backing from longtime supporter, Johns Manville and Menards. One notable race finish during the year was a second place to Dan Wheldon at the Indianapolis 500.[1] 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 Paul Dana, who brought Ethanol sponsorship.

2006[edit]

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 Brasília, 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[disambiguation needed], 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[disambiguation needed] 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 has not won a race in over 50 starts, he has finished second seven times in his career.

2007[edit]

After signing a three-year contract with Panther Racing in 2008, Meira was sponsored by longtime IndyCar participant, Delphi Corporation, who signed a two-year deal with the team.

Meira, who became engaged to longtime girlfriend, Adriana, in March 2006, was 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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[6] Meira was out for the rest of the 2009 season.[7]

2010[edit]

Meira drove to a podium finish in his first race back after his injury; a 3rd place finish in his home country of Brazil. This would be his best finish of the year. Vitor drove to a 12th place overall finish in the points standings for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

2011[edit]

Vitor Meira has confirmed that he will be back with A. J. Foyt Enterprises driving the #14 ABC Supply Company Indy Car.

Motorsports career results[edit]

Complete Euro Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Points
2001 ADM Motorsport VLL
Ret
PER
Ret
MOZ
DNS
DON
Ret
ZOL
2
IMO
5
NÜR
3
VAL
3
5th 16
2002 ADM Motorsport VLL
7
PER
11
MOZ
Ret
SPA DON BRN DIJ JER CAG NC 0

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2002 Team Menard Dallara Chevrolet HMS PHX FON NZR INDY TXS PPIR RIR KAN NSH MIS KTY
15
STL
9
CHI
8
TX2
3
25th 96
2003 Team Menard Dallara Chevrolet HMS PHX MOT INDY
12
TXS
12
PPIR
16
RIR
22
KAN
20
NSH
19
MIS
21
STL
9
KTY
DNS
NZR
Inj
CHI
Inj
FON
11
TX2
4
22nd 170
2004 Rahal Letterman Racing G-Force Honda HMS PHX MOT
17
INDY
6
TXS
6
RIR
2
KAN
2
NSH
12
MIL
5
MIS
5
KTY
7
PPIR
7
NZR
10
CHI
5
FON
21
TX2
4
8th 376
2005 Rahal Letterman Racing Panoz Honda HMS
4
PHX
11
STP
5
MOT
15
INDY
2
TXS
9
RIR
20
KAN
3
NSH
16
MIL
9
MIS
14
KTY
2
PPIR
5
SNM
9
CHI
7
WGL
18
FON
3
7th 422
2006 Panther Racing Dallara Honda HMS
16
STP
5
MOT
10
INDY
10
WGL
2
TXS
6
RIR
2
KAN
3
NSH
3
MIL
15
MIS
2
KTY
6
SNM
3
CHI
6
5th 411
2007 Panther Racing Dallara Honda HMS
4
STP
16
MOT
17
KAN
8
INDY
10
MIL
5
TXS
5
IOW
9
RIR
9
WGL
17
NSH
10
MDO
17
MIS
18
KTY
10
SNM
9
DET
15
CHI
18
12th 334
2008 Panther Racing Dallara Honda HMS
10
STP
19
MOT1
16
LBH1
DNP
KAN
22
INDY
2
MIL
22
TXS
7
IOW
15
RIR
20
WGL
22
NSH
6
MDO
6
EDM
19
KTY
4
SNM
7
DET
17
CHI
27
13th 324
A.J. Foyt Enterprises SRF2
14
2009 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Honda STP
9
LBH
14
KAN
22
INDY
21
MIL
Inj
TXS
Inj
IOW
Inj
RIR
Inj
WGL
Inj
TOR
Inj
EDM
Inj
KTY
Inj
MDO
Inj
SNM
Inj
CHI
Inj
MOT
Inj
HMS
Inj
28th 62
2010 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Honda SAO
3
STP
15
ALA
18
LBH
11
KAN
10
INDY
27
TXS
10
IOW
7
WGL
19
TOR
11
EDM
16
MDO
15
SNM
15
CHI
9
KTY
23
MOT
17
HMS
6
12th 310
2011 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Honda STP
8
ALA
12
LBH
9
SAO
17
INDY
15
TXS1
8
TXS2
11
MIL
24
IOW
18
TOR
5
EDM
12
MDO
10
NHM
10
SNM
22
BAL
9
MOT
25
KTY
16
LVS
C
16th 287
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 4 131 2 0 15 56 0 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2003 Dallara Chevrolet 26 12 Menard
2004 G-Force Honda 7 6 Rahal Letterman
2005 Panoz Honda 7 2 Rahal Letterman
2006 Dallara Honda 6 10 Panther
2007 Dallara Honda 19 10 Panther
2008 Dallara Honda 8 2 Panther
2009 Dallara Honda 14 21 Foyt
2010 Dallara Honda 30 27 Foyt
2011 Dallara Honda 11 15 Foyt

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2006 Highcroft Racing LMP1 MG-Lola EX257 AER P07 2.0L Turbo I4 D SEB TEX MID LIM UTA POR AME MOS PET
ovr:3
cls:3
MON 20th 19
2007 Andretti Green Racing LMP2 Acura ARX-01a Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB STP LNB TEX UTA LIM MID AME MOS DET PET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON NC -

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2006–07 Brazil NED
SPR

NED
FEA

CZE
SPR

CZE
FEA

BEI
SPR

BEI
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

IDN
SPR

IDN
FEA

NZL
SPR

NZL
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

MEX
SPR

MEX
FEA

SHA
SPR

14
SHA
FEA

19
GBR
SPR

GBR
SPR

18th 9

Complete Stock Car Brasil results[edit]

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2012 Officer ProGP Chevrolet Sonic INT
27
CTB
8
VEL
Ret
RBP
Ret
LON
24
RIO
18
SAL
Ret
CGD
9
TAR
20
CTB
9
BSB
17
INT
28
23rd 45
2014 Boettger Competições Peugeot 408 INT
1

Ret
SCZ
1

SCZ
2

BRA
1

BRA
2

GOI
1

GOI
2

GOI
1

CAS
1

CAS
2

CUR
1

CUR
2

VEL
1

VEL
2

SAL
1

SAL
2

TAR
1

TAR
2

RBP
1

RBP
2

CUR
1

NC† 0†

† Ineligible for championship points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Vitor Meira Career Stats". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Vítor Meira fala quem são os favoritos da Fórmula Indy
  3. ^ "Rookie Vitor Meira wins pole". United Press International. 2002-09-14. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  4. ^ "Photo finish: IRL championship decided by inches at Texas 500". CNN Sports Illustrated. 2002-09-16. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  5. ^ "Meira wins pole at The Milwaukee Mile". NBC Sports. Associated Press. 2004-07-24. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 
  6. ^ "Meira breaks two vertebra in crash-filled Indy 500". USA Today. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  7. ^ http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/indycar-kanaan-hurting-meira-out-for-09/

External links[edit]

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