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Takuma Sato, AJ Foyt Racing - Q&A

He's very happy. He said he's very proud. It's a shame he can't be here. I think he watched the whole race, every lap. He said a big congratulations to the team and me, so I was very happy.

Larry Foyt:
Yeah, he has to have surgery next week, so he said that this really lifts his spirits. He said everybody did a great job.

I hate it that he's not here. He's such a big part of everything we do every day. I hate he's not here, but this is certainly great for him.

Q. Are you sure you didn't clean his quotes up there?

Larry Foyt:
He was surprisingly calm. He said, If my memory serves me correct, I think it's been since 2002. But he's very happy.

Q. Takuma, how do you think this win will be received in Japan?

Takuma Sato:
I think it's great news from sporting point of view for the Japanese all over the world competing, any win is really great news for us, particularly that we had such a tragedy for the earthquake two, three years ago, we had such a difficulty. People still on the way back. 300,000 people still don't have the home, have temporary living. This hopefully is a good news to cheer them up and hopefully, yes, this is just a start, and to bring more IndyCar excitement and enthusiasm to Japanese fans to know it.

Motor racing people already know IndyCar is special. As you know, F1 and IndyCar, Japan, it's a big sport. Unfortunately we don't have Indy in Japan, but hopefully this is a little start to recover and not so long time I'd love to go back to Japan with the series.

Q. Larry, a lot of times people wondered what would become the future of AJ Foyt Racing once he decided he was done. Then they brought you on. This has got to be the sign of a new regime at this sport to maybe newer and greater heights.

Larry Foyt:
Yeah, I hope so. I always kind of had hopes and plans of coming back and running our team our keeping our team going for as long as I can.

When my driving career wasn't going so well, that's what dad called me and said, Son, I'm getting older. If you really want to keep this thing going, maybe you ought to think of coming home and learn the business. That's what I did. I didn't want to come in and make a ton of changes right off. I observed and slowly started to make changes.

We work together a lot. I hardly make any decisions that I don't bounce off of AJ, that we don't discuss and talk about. Amazing, as stern as he can be on some things, he's not one of those people that doesn't understand change. He's been very supportive and understands everything we're doing and changing. I'm happy. I'm glad we have another multi-year contract with ABC who has been awesome with us. I think that puts us in a good position with the future. What this guy did today, hopefully that keeps us heading in that direction.

Q. Several Japanese drivers before you, but never any of the expectations that you brought with you from F1.

Takuma Sato:
Indeed, I'm honored to be the first one to win, but not because of me, it's everyone else. A lot of Japanese drivers started in history, not only me, and a friend of mine [indiscernible]. I think everybody tried, those people really opened the door to me.

When I arrived Indy, it was good surprise really. It just a different series, but it's so competitive. Good variety with street course, road course, oval, big Indianapolis 500, but short ovals. You have to be very consistent, to have a good team, to understand everything.




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Takuma Sato during practice at St Petersburg, Florida - March 2013 (Picture Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Takuma Sato driving at Long Beach. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mikhail Aleshin waits on pitlane prior to practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz waits on pit lane in Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The crew of Mikhail Aleshin go to work in the pits (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power and Carlos Munoz flank winner Mike Conway during their victory lap (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Huertas (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth enters the hairpin during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Huertas waits on pitlane prior to the start (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz with a champagne surprise (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrating his victory (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway in action in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway poses for pictures after victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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