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IndyCar Series driver Vitor Meira to race 2010 Ironman 70.3 World Championships

Posted May 19 2010 3:01pm

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The World Triathlon Corporation today announced that IndyCar Series driver Vitor Meira will race this year's Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Florida.

According to the Associated Press , "Meira, a Brazilian who finished second at the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and 2008, has competed in several triathlons already. He was invited to do the Nov. 13 Ironman 70.3 in Clearwater, Fla.

Meira is an accomplished amatuer. In the photo above he's seen competing in the Pucon, Chile Ironman Triathlon.

VM_triath1 The AP goes on to report that:

"Meira broke two vertebrae in his lower back after a crash during last year's Indianapolis 500 and missed the rest of the season. He said he now is in good health, and training for the event will help him be more fit as a driver."

So you might be wondering how a race car driver has time to train for the 70.3 "half Ironman" distance race, and how he qualifies for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships?

We suspect the same way that let's say Lance Armstrong might "qualify" for the race...by special invitation.

On his Indycar racing team's web site Miera's training regime is described as:

"When not racing, Meira likes to compete in triathlons which are athletic contests in which participants compete without stopping in three successive events: long-distance swimming, bicycling and running. He admits that the swimming portion of the contest is his weakest, describing himself as an average swimmer.

He is also a regular competitor in the Mini-Marathon at Indy in May. As part of his workout regimen, he runs, usually warming up with his dog “Quattro,” a year-old mini Schnauzer, for ten minutes. With Quattro safely back home in the apartment, Meira then does his workout run. His regimen includes daily visits to the gym (takes off one weekend day) and he alternates between cycling and running shifter karts in the afternoon at a local track to balance out the gym workout."

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