IndyCar: Vitor Meira Flies Quietly Under the Radar

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIJune 13, 2011

FORT WORTH, TX - JUNE 10:  Vitor Meira of Brazil, driver of the #14 ABC Supply Co. Dallara Honda, practices for the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone Twin 275's at Texas Motor Speedway on June 10, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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Vitor Meira has been quietly consistent this season and has given hope for a turn around at A.J. Foyt Enterprises.

A.J. Foyt Enterprises hasn't been one of the front-running teams since their last championship in 1999.  The last decade has been very disappointing for the famous No. 14 car.

Since the last championship, there have been 17 different drivers try and turn this team around.  The 17 different drivers have a combined zero wins for Foyt—they pretty much made A.J. Foyt Enterprises an afterthought. 

This season though they've been not only quiet but consistently good.

Vitor sits tied for 12th so far in the season standings and is 120 points out of the lead.  Vitor has been running at the end of every race this season and has a streak of nine consecutive races running at the finish dating to last season.  Vitor has also completed 99.6 percent of the laps run this season as well.

With top 10 consistency, look for him to creep his way up the standings this year.  He currently sits ahead of IZOD IndyCar favorites Helio Castroneves (14th), Danica Patrick (15th) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (21st) in the season standings.

After a quiet month of May and a disappointing 15th place finish in Indy, Vitor Meira followed it up with a 10th and 11th place finish respectively in the duels in Texas.

We shouldn't have been surprised by his consistent and strong showing Saturday night.  His 11th place finish in race number two in the duels was his worst at Texas since 2003.

With his 10th place finish in the first of the duel races, it gave Vitor a streak of nine straight finishes in the top 10 at Texas.

This week the Izod IndyCar Series heads to Milwaukee.  Vitor will be making his first start at Milwaukee with the Foyt team, but he has shown a lot of promise at the Milwaukee Mile in his five career starts there.  He has three top 10 finishes and two top fives in those five starts, including a pole in 2004.

Vitor will be making his 120th start Sunday and with a little luck can maybe steal his first career win in the series.  There is no one more deserving of a victory than Vitor.  With 15 podium finishes, Vitor and the No. 14 ABC Supply Co. Honda would be a very popular victor.