Just a few weeks after an accidental leak on Twitter by Vitor Meira, A.J. Foyt Racing made official Friday the return of the veteran pilot in 2011.
“I am really glad to have both ABC Supply and Vitor back with us,” said team owner and 4-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt “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.
2011 will mark Meira's 10th season in the IZOD IndyCar Series and his 3rd with A.J. Foyt Racing after 93 starts between Team Menard, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, and Panther Racing.
“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.”