Vitor Meira burst onto the IZOD IndyCar Series scene in 2002 with Team Menard Racing, quickly showing his speed with a pole position and podium appearance in just his fourth race. Since then, Meira has been a staple of the series and a fan favorite.
The Brazilian native finished runner-up in the 2005 and 2008 Indianapolis 500, and has garnered sixteen total podiums in his career.
Meira joined AJ Foyt Racing in 2009, but a horrific crash in turn one late in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 resulted in a broken back and cost Meira the rest of the 2009 season.
Meira began training to return with a strict regime of running, swimming, and biking. That hard work paid off when Vitor fought hard to a third place finish in the inaugural Sao Paulo Indy 300 in his home country.
He will now use all his skills to compete in the 2010 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, FL on November 13th.
We caught up with Vitor recently to discuss the 2010 season, the Ironman Championships, and his thoughts for the future.