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2014 Toronto (Race 1): Helio Castroneves IndyCar Post-Race Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 20, 2014 - 05:45 PM
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2014 Toronto (Race 1): Helio Castroneves IndyCar Post-Race Press Conference


THE MODERATOR: We will begin with our Honda Indy Toronto Race 1, Post Race Conference. We are pleased to be joined by Helio Castroneves, who finished second in today's race. He continues to lead the Championship points, 30 points now ahead of his teammate, Will Power. His third second place finish and 35th career second place finish. Helio, tell us about the race won today, a postponed race from yesterday and how you regrouped mentally to prepare for today?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: The car was actually pretty good right at the beginning. Unfortunately, I left probably a little bit enough room for Hunter Reay to take advantage of it, still the beginning of the race. We didn't want to take any chances, and he was able to overtake us, and then we stayed out there trying to pass again, without any risk, but unfortunately with that kind of scenario, Sebastien started pulling away, and finally when his tires, Hunter Reay's tires started going away, I mean, it opened up an opportunity for me to go, but it was too much of a stint and I didn't have much to catch. Then we stop and made some time, but it was just so close. I mean, obviously Sebastien and KV did a great job to keep him in front, and it was difficult because the tires started going away, and it was just a matter of trying to just collect more points.

 

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Q. Do you think things might have been different if you had changed to the black tires like Sebastien did after his pit stop?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: What did Sebastien run, reds?

Q. Reds first, then the blacks.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: We did the same. If I would have had red yeah that would be different for sure, but because of those two races now you gotta think. You have a very good position.

You can start now in the second race in fact, that decision I deliberately told the team you guys make the decision, you know what I want, I want reds, but every time I want something they go the opposite way, and it worked out today but, yes, I do feel it would be different.

Q. What about those red tires, did they start to fall off about, at what point?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Good question, what lap about did we pit?

UNIDENTIFIED SPEAKER: 33, 35.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: So take three, four laps away. I was surprise at my car handling especially well on the red tires. It's good to know those things.

Q. Seemed like Hunter Reay's red tires went off quick and yours didn't.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Correct. That's why I was really happy with my car in those conditions. Sounds like the reds for me works really well.

Q. How much did the track change during the race with all the rain we had yesterday and as it rubbered in through the duration of the race?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: It changed a lot. At the beginning it was completely green. The good news we ended up going with the brand new reds, and that actually overcome the situation, but it was completely green. There was no rubber out there.

Q. You just did 65 laps; you have 65 laps later. How tough is that going to be and what are you going to do personally to prepare for the afternoon race?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Right now just trying to get a little bit of ice in the upper body area, trying to get massage, if you guys know of anybody?

Q. (Away from mic.)

HELIO CASTRONEVES: That are? Well, I'm going over there to find out if they can do something before the race because those are the things you 65 laps, it was tough. We're only 20 away from a full race, and now we're going to do it in one day. It's got to be done, so we're going to hydrate a lot, drink a lot, and the weather is cooperating a lot, and now we gotta go.

Q. Helio, seems like some of the positions this year, 3, 4 and 5 have been kind of like up and down, Yo Yos. Hunter Reay had an incident today, he's going to lose some points today, and of course he has a chance to gain 'em back, but it seems like you may be taking the lead at the time when your competition may be starting to short circuit themselves.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Good! (Chuckles.)

Q. (No microphone.)

HELIO CASTRONEVES: I don't drive looking to the other guys. I drive when I can push and make it happen, you know? Last year we were finally able to have a very good race finishing second in the second race and now would he repeat ourselves. We push ourselves to the limit, what we can do and now I have a great opportunity to repeat and make it better for the second race. So whatever happened to those guys, it's outside of my control.

Q. Helio, aren't you starting on entrance points on the poll for the second race?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: That is correct.

Q. Cheer up!

HELIO CASTRONEVES: I'm focused for the second race. Remember we still have another race. It is obviously again, it's something that nobody wants to happen. What happened yesterday was the right decision for the series to call it a or it would be extremely dangerous for us to drive in those conditions, and right now it's tough for anyone, not only on the drivers, but especially on the teams as well, especially on those that unfortunately crashed their cars and they have to move on. It was the best way to accommodate everything and hopefully in the future we will be able to manage a little bit better, but at this point I think they are doing a very good job. Now we gotta keep focused. It ain't over.

Q. How come your teammates seem to be struggling so much with the handling of their car and you're doing so much better than they are?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Well, Mary, you know this is sometimes suits a little bit better than the others. Sounds like we were able to find a little better pace, but those guys started in the back, and they are not finishing at least Will was able to finish in the top 10, so that's a good result and I'm sure again, you guys realize even if you're five or ten cars away from another guy, still it's affecting your car, especially when the tires are old. This is going to be interesting, now, the second run, but anytime you have an opportunity to run in the front, it gives you a chance to keep going so see what happens.

Q. Helio, how about a day and night double header in Iowa or Milwaukee?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: What kind of medicine you have in there, man, to ask that question, no?

UNIDENTIFIED SPEAKER: Whatever you taking Bruce gave it to me, man!

HELIO CASTRONEVES: You're right. It would be extremely difficult to have something like that in Iowa and Milwaukee. Again, it's road course, it's tough out there, it's very tough, even the guy goes to Ironman knows how tough it is. Now, we just gotta keep going.


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