6 May 2013
James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport - Q&A
I mean, it means everything to me. Obviously, Greg Moore was my hero growing up. When I got to IndyCar, the biggest pressure I put on myself was to maintain the reputation that Canada has with their IndyCar drivers. To be able to do that now, not only make it to this level, be successful at that level. I'm proud. My country, they really get behind their drivers. I was told this on the way over here, the last time a Canadian won in Brazil, it was Greg Moore back in '98.
To be able to do that as well is very, very special for me.
Hinch, was that blocking there in the end? And also comment on the hard-fought end of the race.
At the time I thought it was a block, because my hand didn't fly off the steering wheel on its own. It is tough here. The back straight kind of having a snaking sort of feature to it, it is tough to judge where the other car is.
But I felt that I got out early enough. I had to hit the brakes or I was going into the guardrail. That's something that we have to talk about, to look at certainly.
But other than that, I mean, he was doing a very good job making the car wide. You have to give Firestone so much credit for these great races we're having, because you have the reds, the blacks that go off at different levels for different teams and drivers. That's really what we saw.
I was able to have a little bit more tire I think under me at the end of the race, was able to get around Pagenaud, Newgarden, and we were quicker than Takuma, but getting by him was a different story.
Yeah, it was great racing. That's what the fans want to see. That's what we want to do, have a street track that allows you to do that, the long straightaway and the hairpin in the corner. It was a lot of fun at the end of the day.
Yeah, I heard again in the truck on the way over here, the pass happened in the last corner, everybody in the front straight jumps up. The Brazilian fans are so cool, they're so passionate. Whether they love you or hate you, they let you know. We love that.
This is a passionate, emotional sport. When you have fans that are like that as well, I think it's a lot of fun.
I'm happy we were able to put on a good show because that's what we're here for. If it wasn't for the fans turning up, there's no reason to be here. It's good we could put an exciting race for them and a new winner. You guys must have been getting sick of Will winning all the time.
James, I'd like to ask you, this is your second win this season, and what can we expect for the championship and with the oval circuits? What are your expectations for maybe winning a title at the end of the year?
It's still very early to think 'championship'. We have a lot of races left. Obviously of the four races we've done this year, I've DNF'd in two of them. That really hurts. DNF's really hurt your championship chances.
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