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2014 Iowa Q&A: IndyCar - Helio Castroneves
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 11, 2014 - 05:47 PM
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2014 Iowa Q&A: IndyCar - Helio Castroneves

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, met with member of the media at Iowa Speedway and discussed his outlook on this weekend’s race, the challenge of different rubber on the track and many other topics.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS 300 LAP SHORT TRACK EVENT? "It’s always good to stay in the front. I don’t think it’s an advantage in terms of to win the race especially now that they have added 50 more laps. But like I said it’s always good to start at the front. At least it’s one less problem, especially if the leaders are really fast. If you are in the back of the pack you could be facing issues with set-up because of the lack of time you are practicing so it’s always good to start up front."


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WE ARE AT THE HEIGHT OF THE SEASON WITH THIS RACE AND GOING TO A DOUBLE- HEADER AT TORONTO YOU HAVE BEEN IN THIS SITUATION BEFORE BUT YOU KNOW HOW TO TAKE IT IN STRIDE: "Any type of double-header is always a tough one. I haven’t thought ahead much right now I’m thinking Iowa first and so we are just hoping that we come out of here with a good result as well so we can continue fighting."

WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET A WIN AT IOWA? "We keep working. Now they have added 50 more laps so we keep trying to make sure that we know what we need to do. We led a lot of laps before in the past, but we want to lead the last lap. But it’s just the name of the game. The competitors learn from it as well and we learn from them so it’s both scenarios."

WHAT WOULD BE MORE IMPRESSIVE TO FINISH 1-2-3 TODAY OR TO HAVE DONE IT BACK IN 1994 WHEN TEAM PENSKE ACCOMPLISHED THAT FEAT? "Today not taking anything from the past, but because everybody has most of the same chassis, same tire and most of the engines it certainly a different phase. It would be amazing to finish 1-2-3. Hopefully it would be one (point’s at himself), two and three with whatever happens with my teammates. That is the goal that we always go and try to reach every weekend. That is what we are going to try to do here at Iowa."

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A RACE AT WENT AS POORLY AS THE BRAZIL VS. GERMANY GAME IN THE WORLD CUP? "Oh I have had several races that I wish ‘okay let’s pack and go home’. I just hope it will not be this one. For sure things get out of hand sometimes. It happens. It’s tough when it’s a team because to get 11 players to get in that same rhythm it’s hard. I guess it happens."

WHEN YOU DID TALK TO WILL (POWER) WHAT DID HE SAY? (IN REFERENCE TO LAST WEEK’S FINAL LAP BLOCKING INCIDENT) "In that terms when I spoke with him it was right after he was still kind of like not knowing what happened. You know what it doesn’t make sense to bring it up and try to understand because first I don’t think he did in terms of purpose like some people try to take in a negative way. I just think it’s a reaction as a driver you are trying to protect the position. I think we already talked to the team and make sure that we want to bring this championship to the team and that is our goal and we are going to do whatever it takes."

IS RACING AGAINST YOUR TEAMMATE FOR POINTS MORE DIFFICULT THAN WITH SOMEONE ON ANOTHER TEAM? "Oh no it is as you said. The one goal here is to bring the championship and when you are fighting with your teammate that had the same chance how are you going to do that? Because not only he has the same equipment, the same set-up and you are on the same team. I dealt with this scenario before. This is not my first rodeo, which is a good problem to have."

WILL (POWER) HAS SAID REPEATEDLY HE IS NOT WORRIED ABOUT CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS HE JUST WANTS TO GO OUT AND WIN RACES. DO YOU THINK THAT MENTALITY HAS MADE HIM MORE RECKLESS THIS YEAR? "I don’t know. Certainly I don’t think the mentality of not looking for the points changes the way you drive. In the mind maybe subconscious maybe, but I don’t know. It’s a good question. I just think things happens and unfortunately one season one year you learn from your own mistakes, but at this point I don’t think just because he says he is not paying attention to the championship that he is in this position. He already in the past he was in the position before. I think it’s just the way of putting your mind set to get to where he wants."

WITH THE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES HERE AND THE RAIN IS IT HARDER TO ADJUST TO A GREEN RACE TRACK OR THE DIFFERENT RUBBER? "I think the track is going to start with the different rubber no matter what. But it happens before like that. Probably the rain is cleaning the Truck rubber and I think it will be better in those conditions. If it is raining nobody can run. We just have to wait and see. If we complete qualifying great if not hopefully we have dry weather for the race."

HOW MUCH DOES IT CHANGE YOUR APPROACH EITHER HANDLING OR DRIVING WITH THE DIFFERENT KIND OF RUBBER ON THE TRACK? "Well you’ve got to adjust the tools that you have in the car. Remember the toughest thing here we are talking about 17 second lap times. You don’t have much of a luxury if the first stint your car is not very good to set-up on the next one. Here it’s going to be extremely important to at least have a decent start."

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