Vitor Meira is a 10-year veteran of the Izod IndyCar Series. He currently drives the No. 14 ABC Supply Company Honda for A.J. Foyt Enterprises.
Meira has had a lot of success, with 56 top 10 finishes in 130 career starts despite having two very serious wrecks that caused him to miss some time.
His mental and physical strength is largely evident by what he had to endure to bounce back from those injuries as well as when healthy driving a race car at speeds over 200 mph while sustaining 3-4 lateral g-forces. The toll that takes on a body is grueling.
On Oct. 8, Meira will compete in what is considered the most grueling sports event known, the Ford Ironman World Championship.
Nearly 1,800 athletes will attempt the triathlon this year, with Meira being one of them. They will take on the 2.4 mile swin in the rough-waters of Waikiki, then do a 112 mile bike race and then finish up with a 26.2 mile marathon.
Not many people in the world can do this event.
I had the honor of talking to Mr. Meira about this and many IndyCar topics in a one on one exclusive interview.
We talked about everything from what made him interested in doing triathlons to his thoughts on the new engine package next season in the Izod IndyCar Series, what made him want to bounce back from his scary incident in the Indianapolis 500 last year and much more.
Meira was truly a great interview and went above and beyond is answering all the questions I asked. He could not have been any more gracious, and I'm very grateful he took the time to talk to me.
Here's a slideshow recap of our conversation.