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Meet Vitor Meira: Indy car cult hero

Updated: May 19, 2010, 2:26 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

Yes, Vitor Meira has watched the tape of last year's Indianapolis 500.

You know the one. Where he catches on fire in the pits and drives away to thunderous applause and then ends up hitting the Turn 1 wall so hard he broke it and then rim-rode all the way into Turn 2, right wheels on the ground, left wheels on the wall, sliding along at a right angle to the asphalt. At 200 mph. Backward.

"I actually watched the crash while I was still in the hospital," the 33-year-old Brazilian ...

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