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Q&A: Al Unser Jr.

Raphael is a super talent. He's with a good team. They're new. They're competitive. He's doing a great job. Potential race winner sometime this season.

Q:
The next driver started with Vision, and is now with AJ Foyt, that's Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Al Unser Jr:
Ryan, he's gone through a couple teams there. He won the Glen last year. He's got a lot of talent. He's just been bouncing between teams, you know, that is kind of unsettling.

But, you know, the best of luck to him. He's gonna do well.

Q:
The guy who is battling for rookie of the year is Robert Doornbos.

Al Unser Jr:
Robert is a great talent. He seems to have gotten up to speed very well on ovals. This is the first time he's ever run 220 miles an hour. He's doing a great job. Doornbos

Q:
Ed Carpenter is 15th for Vision Racing.

Al Unser Jr:
Ed Carpenter, Vision Racing seems to be lacking just a little bit of that running up front. I don't think they can really place their finger on it yet. They have a lot of talent within their organisation. They'll find it soon.

Q:
A guy who was kind of picked as the biggest surprise in our driver pole earlier this year, Mario Moraes.

Al Unser Jr:
Mario, he's needing to settle down just a little bit. He seems to really - he's got a lot of talent. He drives really super hard - sometimes a little too hard, overdrives the car a little too much, which gets him in trouble sometime during the race. I see him maturing, settling down a little bit, and the sooner he does that the sooner they're going to run up front.

Q:
I guess you could say the same for our next driver, that's Mike Conway, who is from Dreyer & Reinbold.

Al Unser Jr:
Mike Conway has got great talent. He's a rookie this year. First time on the ovals running 220 miles an hour. You know, he's had that learning curve there, but he's with a great organisation with Reinbold. They'll find it soon.

Q:
The next driver had some bad luck early in the season. He's kind of recovering from that. That's EJ Viso

Al Unser Jr:
EJ, whatever the team did, it was the wrong thing to do. He's had a couple first-lap accidents that they're trying to recover from. Again, trying a little too hard, a little too soon in the race. As soon as they get through this little slump, they got a great race team. Keith Wiggins, the owner, he does a great job. EJ, the driver, you know, he does a great job. He just needs to settle down a little and think about the end rather than leading laps at the beginning.

Q:
Let's look at some of the drivers who haven't been full-time drivers this year but will be probably factors in the second half. We'll start with Will Power.

Al Unser Jr:
Will substituted for Helio when Helio was out of the car at the beginning. He's with Roger Penske. He's got a great organization. He's got great talent. He'll grab a win soon.

Q:
The next driver is Tomas Scheckter, who has been with Dreyer & Reinbold.

Al Unser Jr:
Tomas, again, great talent. He's with a great team. He showed a lot of passion at Toronto. Good to see. Hopefully he'll do a lot more running with us.

Q:
And your thoughts on Alex Tagliani, who led a lot of laps at Toronto this past weekend.

Al Unser Jr:


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