Meira returns to assist team
3 July 2009 – Vitor Meira will make a return to the IndyCar Series at Watkins Glen this weekend, although the Brazilian will be taking a place on the sidelines as his recovery continues. 'The Glen' will be the fifth race which the A.J. Foyt driver has missed after his large crash in May's Indianapolis 500.
After coming together with compatriot Raphael Matos and scraping along a safety barrier on its side at Indy, Meira's car did a superb job of holding together to prevent serious injury to the driver, although 32-year-old Vitor is still not race ready after breaking two vertebrae.
"The reason I want to go to Watkins Glen is, first of all, to be with the team," he said. "They've been giving me a lot of support since the accident and - most of all - they're all my friends and I want to be with them; second of all, to be at the race track - that's where I always want to be and that's where I love to be. I don't want to be at home if I can be at the race track."
With latest replacement Ryan Hunter-Reay at the wheel, having moved from Vision Racing in the middle of last month, Vitor will be keeping a keen eye on the winner of last year's race. "I'll probably go around the track and watch some cars with a stopwatch and take some times and notes down on some different lines so I can keep Ryan updated on what people are doing out there," Meira continued. "I'll do whatever else the team asks me to do but I'm just not going to be very good for changing tyres or fuelling - the rest I will do!"