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Helio Castroneves, Team Penske - Q&A

Yesterday in final practice, you came in and hopped out of the car very, very quickly, and spent some time with a member of your crew really, really looking at the right front tire, a pockmark; could you tell us about that conversation and if that had anything to do with your setup tonight and your miraculous win?

Helio Castroneves:
Very good observation. Yes, we finished the practice yesterday, we were having some handling problems unfortunately and everybody went back to the truck and (inaudible) that's why it seems big. Things doesn't happen like a miracle. You have to work hard, you've got to look for details.

Q:
The last five laps, what's going through your mind?

ROGER PENSKE: Well, I've been around this a long time and been leading with five laps to go, so I never count our chickens. In the end Helio, I just wanted to give him the cars he's coming up on, and said, let him go by, we just didn't need to get trapped and get ourselves in trouble.

I was just waiting with ten to go and then five to go, and to me, the big move was when he went back by Franchitti, because we let Franchitti go by, there's no reason wearing the tires out trying to stay ahead of him. I think that was good, and I think his line, he ran high; he could run high, he could run low.

One thing, he running ten miles an hour slower, so he came up high speed, he had to be careful. His oval skills, what you saw win at Indy three, times you saw it here tonight. I just wait until the end before I celebrate, and that's what I did tonight.

Q:
So much is made about past races and guys going flat out, how different for you was this win tonight?

Helio Castroneves:
Very, very different. It was nothing like in the previous years. It was tough. Hardly going flat, only when I took the lead for the first time on the restarts was I able to go flat.

Other than that, the entire race was very, very different from the past. As you guys mentioned and as you could see, a lot of cars were going forwards and a lot of cars were going backwards. Because of that, it just changed and you had to be ahead of the game.

Setup is important and is a big part of it and very fortunate to have great guys in my crew and to be able to do what I wanted. So that's one of the reason we were able to be in victory circle today.

Q:
You talked earlier this week about how you would take seconds and thirds all year long if it meant winning the championship. Do you think that took some pressure off yourself?

Helio Castroneves:
No. Absolutely not. We can't stop right now, because the championship is still wide open.

Like I said, we've got to be consistent, but when you have opportunities, and good opportunities like I had in St. Pete, and unfortunately I miss it, you know, you can't do something like that. But at this point, just got to keep moving on and today we had a phenomenal opportunity, extremely excited and to be in victory circle.



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