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Vitor Meira is savouring the chance to get back on track following his big accident in this year's Indianapolis 500. The 32-year-old ended up on his side in what quickly became a race and season-ending shunt in the legendary event.
After making contact with Raphael Matos and scraping along the Indy oval barriers with only two wheels touching the ground, there is no doubting that Meira's escape was a fortunate one. As his recovery continues at home, the Brazilian is looking forward to returning full-time in 2010.
"It's going to be very, very cool," he told the IndyStar. "It's all done, it's all confirmed and it's unbelievably nice to be ready to go." Vitor will be back with the A.J. Foyt team next season - but how did it fell to have missed out on so much in 2009?
"The disappointment started in Milwaukee, when I didn't race," he continued. "So - to be honest - whether I have one less race this season or no more races, it doesn't matter - it doesn't change it; it's better to test, improve the car and go step-by-step with myself instead of jumping in the car."
A.J. Foyt Racing
|A.J. Foyt Racing|
|21 Apr||Sato takes maiden IndyCar victory|
|2 Apr||Daly gets Indy 500 seat with A.J. Foyt Racing|
|20 Feb||Sato posts fastest time in Sebring test|
|11 Jan||Sato switches to A.J. Foyt Racing for 2013|
|14 Dec '12||Daly eyes switch to IndyCar Series|
|5 Apr '11||Junqueira joins A.J. Foyt for Indy 500|
|10 Jan '11||Meira returns to A.J. Foyt Racing|
|30 Sep '09||Meira looking forward to 2010 comeback|
|3 Jul '09||Meira returns to assist team|
|28 May '09||Meira dispatched from hospital|
|6 May||Video: Sao Paulo IndyCar highlights|
|5 May||Latest IndyCar photos: Sunday at Sao Paulo|
|5 May||Hinchcliffe claims last-lap victory in Sao Paulo|
|4 May||Hunter-Reay sets lap-record to take pole|
|1 May||Mann gets third Coyne seat for Indy 500|
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