IndyCar » 16 June 2013
Milwaukee IndyFest (West Allis, Wisconsin): Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport - Q&A
Yeah, EJ is always very good here. I saw him coming up from behind about halfway through the race. I knew it was going to be tough. I thought it was going to be between him and I at the end. He was very strong. We really seemed to click getting through traffic at the end of the race better than anybody out there.
It was the product of a really great race car. I love this place. I love searching around for grip and finding the different opportunities there. Seemed to change a lot all day long.
And the players, who were the players for the win, you really never had an idea. You had to keep your head down and go 110% the whole time.
[How much is this year a case of being able to get into the groove in order to continue the success of the team?]
Well, in sports, when you get into a momentum, a rhythm, not something you can put a price tag on or finger on, it just happens. It kind of saturates the team with this feeling that, Hey, we can get it done. If we perform to our best, to our potential, we can absolutely win races.
That carried over week in, week out. We were able to win four more races than anybody else last year. It all started here last year. Great place to start. Andretti has great cars. You put the two together, hopefully it comes out the way we want.
I don't know, man, I'm just fighting every week. I'm fighting every week. I love the atmosphere I'm in, the team I'm in. I love IndyCar racing. I'm pushing as hard as I can. Hopefully I'm here racing for many years to come. If that's the case, I'll give it 110% like I did today to make sure it happens.
Michael, AJ, those guys, I'm not in their league.
[What's the Milwaukee Mile like to race on? After back-to-back wins it certainly seems to be a circuit that suits you?]
Well, it's an oval. Every driver, you ask them, they respect this oval the most. It's an oval that drives more like a road course. You have to really wheel the car the entire time. That's because the banking is so flat. You don't get the help from the banking.
You're constantly trying to fight understeer, you're fighting loose. It's all over the place.
To get it right, these cars, especially when you want front grip, all of a sudden it goes loose, then you're going backwards again. It's hard to get it right, and it's because it's so flat around here.
What I love about it most is that it opens up to two lanes, a lane and a half, to create some great racing. Looked like it was pretty fun out there. Everybody was dicing it up.
[Is is a difficult race to prepare for?]
Practice seems very short compared to the whole race weekend. Seems like it was 30 minutes, an hour session, then a qualifying race. It is a bit of guesswork. You have years past to go on. That's where you make your educated guesses on what you need for the race. It's tough to get it right. If you do go on the loose side, it could be a very long day for you.
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