6 May 2013
James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport - Q&A
Hopefully that's behind us now. The joke is that we've won every race we've finished. If we can keep doing that, we'll be all right.
Heading into the ovals, Andretti Autosport had competitive cars at Indy last year, strong cars in the race. We improved over the winter. Obviously everyone else will have as well. If we can keep our momentum up, a day like today proves that when things aren't necessarily going your way, if you keep fighting, don't give up, you can end up on top. That's what this team is good at.
If we can do that week in and week out, we'll see where we are with three or four races to go.
Well, so do we get to split the money that you won (laughter)?
James, with two laps to go, you had one push, Sato had none. You tried to save it. But you almost lose your position to Josef. How did you manage this 'push to pass' in the last five laps?
It's so tough, especially here because it's worth so much. I wasted two in the race. One of them I hit right as a yellow came out. One of them I hit, actually I was right behind Tony when his car broke. I'm sitting there at the end of the race thinking there's two I should have that I don't have.
I knew how many Takuma had. It's so tough when you're trying to race guys and also monitor the people behind you. That's the only reason I caught up to those two in the first place because they were racing. I was very conscious of Josef being there. I knew I had to try it on the last lap. Luckily it worked out.
It's so tempting to use it so many times during the race. For the two times I lost them, I think of other times that I didn't use them and thought, I might want to save it. Thank God I did.
I think anybody that sits in a car has a lot of respect for Senna. I was quite young when he was killed. It's one of the first sort of memories I have of racing because obviously that was very big news even back in Canada. I was quite young. I remember seeing things in the newspaper, trying to understand that someone had died. I didn't really know who he was then.
As I became a fan of racing, you look through all the tapes, video, everything that that guy accomplished, who he was as a person, I think there are very few racing drivers, especially in open-wheel, that doesn't have him in their top three heroes on the racetrack.
Well, I know which one I'd like to happen (laughter). Certainly you want to win that one. If there's one race you want to win, it's Indianapolis. We had a strong car there last year, like I said. We'll see. There's just so much that can happen in a 500-mile race. The team was good. The Go Daddy car was strong last year. Hopefully on lap 199 we're in a position to be at least battling for that win.
What can you say about the track in Indianapolis? It's a very particular one. What can you tell us about the track?
The track at Indianapolis is obviously very different to here, but very different to other ovals. It's four distinct corners, all very different. The speeds we reach there are faster than anywhere else we go, faster than any other open-wheel car in the world. It's where we go the quickest.
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