After another second place finish at Kentucky, Vitor Meira will continue his bid to make it home to victory lane as the Indy Race League heads to Pikes Peak this weekend for the 13th round of the season.

Last week saw Meira make his 40th IRL IndyCar Series start and he is still searching for his first IndyCar series victory. In his 18th IndyCar Start at Richmond the final five laps were run under yellow preventing the hard charging Brazilian from mounting a challenge to race winner Dan Wheldon, while in the very next race Meira was edged out by Buddy Rice in the second closest finish in IndyCar history - Rice winning by just 0.0051secs.

Meira's 33rd IndyCar start came at Indianapolis where he was charging towards the leader Wheldon when a yellow came out on lap 198 preventing Meira from mounting a last charge at the eventual race winner while in start 36 Meira was involved in one of the closest 1-2-3 finishes in IRL history at Kansas - although he again missed out on victory.

Having come close on a number of occasions, Meira is now keen to try and claim that elusive first win.

"I am not frustrated, but I am antsy for my first win," he said. "It isn't a question of if we will win that first race, but when. We have come close on several occasions, but the breaks just haven't gone our way. To be honest I can't think of a single thing we can do different, we just have to be patient.

"We started third at Pikes Peak last year, but our car wasn't as good as what we would have like in the race. Pikes Peak isn't an easy track to run at. With the high altitude the car has less than downforce and it handles differently than at other tracks.

"I know Honda has been working on ways to get more power in the thin air, so I think we will have all the tools necessary to be successful."

 

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