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2014 Toronto Q&A: IndyCar - Helio Castroneves
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 19, 2014 - 11:36 AM
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2014 Toronto Q&A: IndyCar - Helio Castroneves

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 PPG AUTOMOTIVE REFINISH TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: HOW IS YOUR HAND? "It is healing. It is a slow process, unfortunately. Nothing that the doctors or anybody can do. It’s ligaments that got stretched too much, and now it is going to take six months to 12 months. All the drivers go through that unfortunately especially when we get caught in the scenario I did with the steering wheel. But, this is not affecting the performance at all."

YOU FINISHED SECOND HERE LAST YEAR, YOUR BEST FINISH EVER IN TORONTO, WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO GET THE EXTRA STEP ON PODIUM? "I feel this place owes me. We start on the pole, we finish second. We’ve finished all over the place. Consistency. This place always helps a lot in terms of strategy. People in the back sometimes take chances, and they end up paying off. It all depends. We can only try and predict the unpredictable. So, hopefully we start in the front, stay in the front if the race goes that way, and hopefully collect a lot of points. To get a win, we are right now going in the right direction. The car seems to have a good setup starting out of the box. We don’t have much practice before qualifying so, it is important to start the car spot-on and hopefully will give us a big break."


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YOU ARE NINE POINTS AHEAD OF WILL (POWER) AND IN A VERY TIGHT BATTLE WITH HIM. WHAT IS IT LIKE RACING FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST YOUR TEAMMATE? "It’s a good problem to have for the team because that is what you want to have. You want to have at least two chances, not only one. We both just have to understand each other that is a great opportunity for us to give a championship to Roger (Penske), and we’ve got ot make it happen. Whether it is my day, or his day, we have to understand that. And hopefully so far, that is what we are doing."

THOUGHTS ON RYAN HUNTER-REAY, HE HAS BEEN STAYING CLOSE TO YOU GUYS: "We can’t control what they are doing. We can only to try to do the best we can with our team, and hopefully with that, finishing ahead of him, we are going to be in a good shape."

IS THIS THE POINT IN THE SEASON WHERE POINTS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WINNING? "At five laps to go, it depends on who is in front of you. The problem is, these races we’re talking about a double header, then one race which goes for 100 points. When you see that, it’s hard for you to manage that much. You will still be able to, but it is hard for you play it safe at this time with six races to go. Sounds like not a lot when you say six races to go, but the points involved - it’s a lot. With that aspect, not that I don’t look ahead, but you have to push to make sure you finish ahead of those that are important. It’s not like if you finish behind a guys that is chasing you for the championship, you’re going to be okay. That’s managing. No, you have to actually still save for a rainy day in case that something bad happens, you have enough to cover for the last race."

HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT THAT CHAMPIOINSHIP? "More than anything. More than anything."

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