Meira returns to A.J. Foyt Racing
10 January 2011 – Vitor Meira is returning to A.J. Foyt racing ahead of the 2011 IZOC IndyCar Series season, along with his long-time sponsor ABC Supply. The deal was signed last December, after chief engineer Jeff Britton and Meira finalised the terms of the agreement.
“I am really glad to have both ABC Supply and Vitor back with us,” Team owner Anthony Foyt began. “ABC has been with us since 2005 and their loyalty and support means a lot to me. Over my career, I have always had just one or two main sponsors at a time. It works for me and I think it works for them because they usually work into long-term deals.
“ABC has stood by my team through some tough times recently and I’m planning to give them some great times this season. Working with Vitor has been good. It’s taken us a little time to adjust and having a full season under our belt with Vitor and Jeff will help us going into 2011. I look for us to have a good year.”
Meira expressed his delight over the deal, and is looking to build on the progress that the team made at the end of their 2010 campaign:
“I am really happy about working with A.J. Foyt and his ABC Supply team again. Being able to continue the progress that we made at the end of last year will make for a good season this year. We know the areas that we have to work in to improve and we have already started to do that in the off season.
“Besides that, ABC Supply is an awesome sponsor and I really enjoy working with their people. They make great use of the racing program throughout the year, not just during the racing season, and I think that benefits everyone because it keeps the IndyCar name out there 12 months of the year.”
The 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series gets underway on March 27, with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg marking the start of the season.