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Q&A: Al Unser Jr.

Last year's champ. Showing that Target Ganassi Racing is on the top of their game, they're on a roll. They could, in fact, be a two-in-a-row championship team.

Q:
Third place we have Ryan Briscoe, who is 13 back of Dario.

Al Unser Jr:
Ryan is doing a great job for Penske Racing. They've got a little bit to gain to get the Target cars. I'm sure they're working very, very hard to make up that gap.

Q:
In fourth place we have the Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves.

Al Unser Jr:
Helio is just a special story in itself. You know, at the beginning of the season he had his legal problems with the IRS. He got out of that. Very fortunate to be racing with us. You know, that's a Cinderella story, to be fighting the government one day and then a few months later be the Indy 500 champion is truly a God blessing on Helio and his family.

Q:
Fifth in points is Danica Patrick.

Al Unser Jr:
Danica is doing a great job with what she has. She comes out of the Andretti Green stable. Really I think, you know, of course her being a very good racecar driver, she's got Michael calling the race for her. Strategy has played an important part in her finishing in the top five and top ten in points consistently. That's what's put her where she is.

Q:
Next is Dan Wheldon who is sixth in points.

Al Unser Jr:
Dan is, again, one of those with Panther Racing, a top team from a few years ago, that is just missing that little bit that you need to be in the top five. But, again, his team is very deep with talent. So, you know, he's got every potential of winning a race coming up soon.

Q:
Seventh in points is Marco Andretti.

Al Unser Jr:
Marco, you know, again one of the ones coming out of AGR's stable. Quite honestly I think they're searching. They're looking for more. Marco definitely has the talent to get more. Really kind of things out of their control that's kept them out of the top five.

Q:
Another Andretti Green Racing driver is eighth in points, that's Tony Kanaan.

Al Unser Jr:
TK again is suffering from things out of his control. Running a great race at the Indy 500 this year, and had a mechanical failure down the back. Has a horrendous accident. Broke some of his ribs. It just seems, you know, again, things out of human control that is keeping AGR out of the top five.

Q:
The next driver you touched on a little earlier, Justin Wilson, who is ninth in points.

Al Unser Jr:
Justin, again, I think is another Cinderella story. We're gonna see more wins out of Dale Coyne Racing. He's coming over from the Champ Cars, really making the most of everything. Dale Coyne, it's great to see him win races.

Q:
And in tenth is Graham Rahal.

Al Unser Jr:
Graham, again coming out of the Champ Car Series with the Newman/Haas stable. They're getting a lot out of their cars. I feel that they're lacking just a little bit. I don't think it's anything that they're doing wrong. It's just, you know, some hit-and-misses there. Again goes to how competitive the series is that's keeping them out of the top five. But I see lots of talent with Graham, and it's just gonna mature as the races go on. As the years go on, Graham has a championship and a definite Indy 500 winner contender in the future.

Q:
Starting in the second ten is the fourth Andretti Green driver, Hideki Mutoh.

Al Unser Jr:
Suffering from the Andretti Green blues. That's all I can say about him. It's things out of their control that are keeping them out of the top five.

Q:
The next driver is the leading rookie right now, Raphael Matos.

Al Unser Jr:


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Michel Jourdain Jr. on the fourth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Tuesday May 14, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Michel Jourdain Jr. gets ready on the fourth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Tuesday May 14, 2013. (Picture Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
JR Hildebrand and Ryan Hunter-Reay on the fourth day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Tuesday May 14, 2013. (Picture Credit: Leigh Spargur for IndyCar Media)
Michel Jourdain Jr. on the third day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Monday May 13, 2013. (Picture Credit: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
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Michel Jourdain Jr. in the cockpit of the #30 Office Depot RLL Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 10 May 2012. (Photo credit: Michael L. Levitt for INDYCAR/LAT USA.) (c) 2012
Michel Jourdain Jr. at the wheel of the #30 Office Depot RLL Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 10 May 2012. (Photo credit: F. Peirce Williams for INDYCAR/LAT USA.) (c) 2012
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