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2014 Indianapolis GP: Helio Castroneves IndyCar Post-Race Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on May 11, 2014 - 06:56 AM
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2014 Indianapolis GP: Helio Castroneves IndyCar Post-Race Press Conference


PODIUM PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT: An interview with: HELIO CASTRONEVES

THE MODERATOR: Helio Castroneves, your birthday. Looked for a moment you were headed towards Victory Lane. In your mind did you know you were going to have to come in for a stop?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: I have to say Roger did a great job. The Verizon No. 3 car was actually getting better. Not having the warmup, it was very difficult because we didn't know if the setup we did was going to be good or not.

It was good. I feel we could improve it. Good job from John and the rest of the Verizon boys. And off course, Roger, man, the guy knows a great strategy, I tell you. I didn't know to be honest what's the position. He was just telling me, Push, push, push. I kind of understood the message.

I was so focused because it was so difficult. The light was changing. The track was getting better so you could push a little bit harder on the braking points but at the same time not make any silly mistakes.

I tell you, after Barber and Long Beach, after not having so much good momentum, I want to win as bad as anybody, but it's a great momentum for the month and the start of the Indy 500. I can't wait to go back in the car tomorrow.


 

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THE MODERATOR: We'll take questions.

Q. What was your view of the start and how close were you to potentially hitting anything?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: I had a great start from 10th. I didn't see the guys inside. I went to the middle, then outside, went for it. I did not know that Saavedra had an issue or if anybody else had an issue. The only two guys in front of me, which was Juan Pablo and Tony, I saw they kind of like bubbled a little bit. Other than that, I didn't see the rest of it.

Q. Helio, when you came in, you were a breath of fresh air, climbing fences... Is Simon a breath of fresh air these days?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Absolutely. Simon has been on the radar already for quite some time. Last year or the year before he finished close on the championship. Now he's winning again.

Certainly Simon has been showing an amazing potential here. He already won races. Great effort for them, especially being local here in Indianapolis.

But I think, to be honest, not only Simon, but a bunch of drivers. It's been so competitive. It's amazing how close it is out there. You guys don't realize to finish here on the podium, it's so difficult. That's why it's great to be here.

Q. Back to the first start with all the chaos, do you think the Dallaras are too sensitive for a standing start?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: I agree. I'm very surprised for what happened today on the start. This is one of the widest places that we actually go. To have that kind of scenario...

Yes, it is sensitive. We don't do that many because we switch back and forth. But, I mean, that's why we're different. The IndyCar Series is different because we go street course, road course, short ovals, superspeedway.

Q. (No microphone.)

HELIO CASTRONEVES: During the practice they allow us to do that, yes. You have to remember, everything is improving. If we got to have them, maybe a warmup.

Q. (No microphone.)

HELIO CASTRONEVES: I used the wrong finger (laughter). Now I'm on probation. End of the month, please (laughter).

Q. Changing the subject a little bit, how pumped now are you for the 500? How quickly do you turn your focus to win the next one?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Exactly. Got to take the moments. Right now it's a great moment. I'm sure my boys are already thinking about what to change. Like I said, it takes about 12 to 15 hours to convert the road course to oval. You know what I mean.

Tomorrow is going to be a new day. I'm wearing different colors, a different suit, just like the month of May.

But it's great momentum. At the least your mind is not thinking, I could have done that, this. At least now you're focused on the 500.

Q. Today's race probably had a brutal impact on Indy 500 practice. There's going to be guys without cars tomorrow. We don't know whether Hinch is going to be able to be cleared to drive. There's a lot that happened today putting people behind tomorrow and maybe into Monday or Tuesday. .

HELIO CASTRONEVES: I think coming over, a lot of teams are prepared for Plan B or C. You know what I mean? Those teams are all professional. It's tough, yes, but that's the name of the game.

Q. Do you have a separate car for the 500? Are you going to try to convert these cars over?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Good question.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: I heard today this Verizon is going to be a spare car. But you got to confirm with the team. I heard that.

Q. We saw an accident on a rolling restart today, typical to St. Petersburg, where the drivers seemed to bunch up. The leaders slowed up for the start. The guys from behind came plowing in. Do you think there should be a change in the procedure?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: We trying to figure it out, man. Right now it's very difficult. Actually, again, this is the better place to keep most of the people behind. I think everybody trying to work together.

Right now, yes, there is some areas that maybe needs to be fixed. In the end of the day we're still working on it. Everybody is working together and hopefully we find a solution.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Why don't you tell them that in the meetings?

THE MODERATOR: Thank you, guys.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Thank you.


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