3 June 2013
Mike Conway, Dale Coyne Racing - Q&A
Yeah, no, no interest to get back on ovals. My backbone has always been in Europe, normal tracks, some street course stuff. I've always been pretty good on the street courses in junior categories. Coming over here, I loved all the street courses they have.
Yeah, no, I don't know. Just seem to gel with the way the circuits are. I don't know. You got to be quite aggressive, I think, really get the most out of the car. I think the driver can get more out of it maybe, not rely too heavily on setups. But the car was great from the outset this weekend. Big thank you to all the engineering staff and Justin for developing a great car.
Dale, I think today was another day of David slaying Goliath. Today you dominated. What is the secret?
British drivers (laughter).
I'll take that (laughter).
No, I just think it's common sense, years of knowledge on everybody's part. Our two engineers and myself, we've been doing this a long time. You know not to out-trick yourself. You remember things from the past that worked, think outside the box. We had a pretty aggressive engineering plan over the winter. You put all those things together and I think it's paid off well.
We're also joined by Justin Wilson of Dale Coyne Racing. Justin, talk about today's race.
Yeah, it was pretty hectic. The initial start was interesting. I'm not sure quite what happened. There was a bit of a stack-up at turn three. I got squared up, came out on the inside. I was on the inside of A.J. I was all the way up against the grass on the right. I saw him swerve, bounce. I turned hard right, locked them up, I thought I was going to hit the wall on the outside. Fortunately the car gripped when it landed.
I hope he's okay. I know it's pretty rough. But as far as my race goes, from then on, just trying to pick people off, attack, get by. It all worked out to plan. Had a lot of fun out there. The last few laps were pretty intense with Scott breathing down my neck. He was pushing hard. I didn't think I was going to hold him off, but fortunately had just enough.
Great to get Dale's one or two cars on the podium, that's pretty neat. It's also great for Mike. I'm really pleased for him to come back. He didn't think he was driving five days ago, and here he is winning the race. I think it's been a great day.
After what you learned in today's race, what can we expect of how you're going to put that to use in tomorrow's race?
Good chance we could even screw it up more tomorrow.
There's things we'll want to change to our car setup and see if there's anything we learned from the strategy. I'm not sure there was a right thing to do. We'll just go and study that. I'm sure the engineers have a better picture than we have on how things played out, where we were quick and where we were slow.
Justin, can you talk a bit more about how big a result this is for a little team and how it was achieved.
Yeah, I don't know how to answer that. It's just fantastic for Dale. He put so much into this race team. Like I said, he called Mike up on Tuesday and asked him to come and drive.
I think it's just a really cool story how he didn't think he was going to be doing anything this weekend and here he is winning the race. To get two cars on the podium is just so satisfying for everyone on the team. There's been a lot of hard work. Everyone has a lot to prove, that we were capable of winning at the front, trying to be more consistent, just working on every area.
We got a lot of good people on the team who put so many hours into this, their hearts and souls. It's down to them, everything they do, that gives us good cars.
What about your drive? You must be pretty satisfied.
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