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Takuma Sato, AJ Foyt Racing - Q&A

I think it's difficult that everybody understands, that motor racing is not just one thing. The driver is one factor, but the team and engineers and whole bunch of a group has to be perfect to win the race. That's same thing happening in F1. You can't just back and forth comparing the thing because the environment is so different.

One thing in F1 that is difficult, particularly for the drivers, you have to be on one of top teams. If you are short on, how I can say, if you not one of the top teams, you can't even dreaming getting to the podium because fundamentally the car performance was much bigger than the driver's skills performance.

Going back to the IndyCar, this is a lot tighter. We're talking about, how can I say, the gap, the series is so tight, much closer than what F1 has. That's because we see the nature of the series have one make and the competition now between two engine manufacturers is getting really close. Of course, the whole team tried to get best out of it. It was so close. And driver, we have to know everything else. I really like it. I really like this highest level of competition. Plus what is nice with IndyCar, there are so many action you can do on track, which I love it. From cockpit point of view, yes, F1 is fast, because the amount of development and budget you can spend is different, but when you see actual head-to-head and side-by-side racing, you can't really compare any single series than what the IndyCar produce. You can have much more overtaking, a lot of fun on the track, pit strategy, et cetera.

I really proud and really pleased to come to here. Thanks to Jimmy [Vasser] give me the IndyCar Series. And Bobby [Rahal]. Now AJ and Larry give me a fantastic opportunity to work with. This is just a start. Now we going back to Brazil. It's a different street course, but I hope we have a strong package and we just keep continue with it.

Q. Larry, you got Honda back in Victory Lane this year. How does that make you feel?

Larry Foyt:
It's great. Yeah, we're not the big guy, for sure. I don't know that someday maybe we would want to be. What we did is hard work is what got us there. I think people started to take notice last year when we started to show some speed. People would say, You guys are starting to turn it around. You can never rest in this game. Even after a day like today, we're thinking about Brazil and what we've got to do there.

Things, it's still hard, like Takuma said. Everyone is so tight. Today was an amazing day for him to pull away like that. You don't see that much in this series. We're going to keep working hard. Our goal is obviously to win as many races as we can, win the Indy 500, win the championship. It's still full steam ahead for us.

Q. Can both of you address what it means to break your winning drought at Long Beach.

Larry Foyt:
This is great 'cause this is certainly one of the historic races on our schedule. I'm really happy to be a part of Takuma's first win, it's really special because I think we hit it off already, started a great friendship and great working relationship. He's brought a lot to the table for us, to get AJ Foyt Racing back in Victory Lane, it's really awesome. I hope it's the beginning of a long partnership.

Takuma Sato:
For me, I don't mind where the place is, but Long Beach seems like a perfect place to get the first win. The West Coast, a lot of Japanese community down here. You can hear a lot of cheering from the Japanese at the parade lap before the race. So that was really good.

Like Larry said, history of Long Beach, of the Grand Prix, it's just fantastic. It's something that I wanted to do from last year. Last year I had a little experience in the last couple corners. But we come back strong and we show our strength and speed. I'd really like to say big thank you to everyone for supporting the team. Fantastic.

Q:
Larry, Takuma, thank you for joining us and congratulations.

Transcript courtesy of IndyCar. FastScripts by ASAP Sports.



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