25 March 2013
James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport - Q&A
But I think when you look at the last three laps of this race, the pressure we were under, I made a couple tiny little errors sort of thing. But to bring it all back, keep our head down, hold off a guy like Helio, hopefully it proves that you can be a joker off the track but still get the job done on the track.
Like I said, we'll see if the fans respond to it. Usually they like a guy that can win. Maybe this will help boost me up a little bit.
Early reports are they're tearing down Young Street right now in the celebration.
I don't know about that. But if that's the case, probably catch a plane home and join them.
You forged your own identity with Go Daddy. They've invested so much into the sport. How does it feel to be the one that gave Go Daddy their first victory?
I can't tell you how much that means. They obviously took a big gamble on me. I'd only been in the series a year. We won Rookie of the Year, but hadn't done tremendous things. For Andretti and Go Daddy to take that chance on us. We were in shouting distance of a win a few times last year. It was that last piece that was missing.
Today, beginning of the season, first race, to get that out of the way, get the Go Daddy car in Victory Lane for the first time, it's awesome. Thankful for Bob Parsons and everybody at the company. Hopefully it's a match they'll carry on for a number of years to come.
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Certainly following Danica was a big ask. I guess we put a lot of effort into making sure it wasn't the guy driving Danica's car. We really wanted to make it our own by playing off her last year, things like that. I hope now, especially after things like this, You're the guy driving Danica's car. Hopefully when we get to the races this year, it will be, That's Hinch's car.
Now that you're a contender, what does a contender need to become a champion?
Well, it's race one. There's 18 to go. It's early to call anybody a contender or rule anybody out. It's a good place to start.
To be a contender in this series is all about consistency. You cannot make mistakes. It's so competitive, there's so many guys willing to pounce on anything you do wrong, whether it's in the pits, making a bad setup call or a driving error, people are going to take advantage of that.
So I think the guy at the end of the year, or girl, that made the least mistakes as a team on the whole, those are going to be the guys you're going to see hoisting the championship trophy.
Two years ago here you were going through the paddock waiting to make your series debut. Could you have imagined two years ago you'd be right here?
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