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Helio Castroneves, Team Penske - Q&A

After winning the Saturday night Firestone 550, Penske's Helio Castroneves talked with the press in the media centre at Texas Motor Speedway.
Q:
We are now joined by tonight's winner, Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 AAA Insurance Chevy, his fourth win at Texas Motor Speedway, first of the season and he's now the winningest Indy Car driver at Texas Motor Speedway surpassing Sam Hornish, Junior, ninth career.

Helio Castroneves:
Don't bring him back, don't bring him back, Roger, please.

Q:
You're the points leader and you moved, this is your 28th career
victory, and you are now in sole possession of 12th place on the all‑time win list, breaking the tie with Johnny Rutherford.

Talk about your evening tonight. You showed a lot of emotion in victory lane.

Helio Castroneves:
Yeah, the AAA boys did a hell of a job. The car was absolutely on rails, and picking up on what Roger said at the end, we discussed - Jonathan, my engineer this year, he did a hell of a job putting everything what I was looking for. We started the race, the car was already - and then we just try to understand what the track was doing.

Most of the managing of the tires during the race - any time Roger was telling me, save fuel, go fast; honestly we were running lights‑out. Everything was smooth.

And in the end of the day for us, a little bit of an issue with the lights that we had on the pits when we come in, some of the lights wasn't on because it was daylight. And I wouldn't see my pit very well, so I had to put my hand up coming in, and on my end coming in was a little bit slow - but we were able to have a flawless everything. It was great.

And towards the end, to be honest, we had a long - Roger telling around 10, 11 seconds and I'm like, okay, I'm just going to manage the tires now, 40 laps to go. So (inaudible) I didn't know, I saw Tony, I could keep going, but I was thinking more about the long term and not in the short term.

So it was saving, it was about five seconds that I understand Hunter‑Reay was behind me and I got a good chance to go and I did it and we opened up a gap and it was just great.

Q:
(Inaudible.)

Helio Castroneves:
In the winner's circle right now but I thought, we had to drive the car and it's not about - and you said it, sometimes it changed the track. But I think with my spotter, we were able to be ahead of the car and he was giving me some tips while I was driving to be honest and it was paying off.

So everything we were managing most of the times, the tire and - the setup was fantastic. So when you have both this combination and it feels like that ...

Q:


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Helio Castroneves celebrates after winning the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 8 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media.)
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Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power and Helio astroneves celebrate on the podium. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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