2 September 2013
Simon Pagenaud, Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsports - Q&A
Passed TK on that restart and then Marco on the second one, and then I pushed as hard as I could with a broken wing, but it actually made the car pretty good.
Not only was it an important day picking up your second career victory but also an important day points‑wise.
Yeah, I don't know what the points situation is.
I believe you moved up to third.
Oohh, yes, I take that. Obviously that was in my head. I knew Marco - I didn't expect Marco to be up there because he was struggling all weekend, so when he was out there, I had finished ahead of him for points.
And like I said, Dix and Power, they were all out, and Franchitti. I thought it was my time, really, and I did everything I could to - I honestly went for the win or nothing, and it paid out. I was pretty aggressive, but it worked out really well. So you know, it's one of those days where everything is with you and it works out.
Can you talk about the momentum going into today's race?
Yeah, I think it's perfect for the HP team. You know, we are showing we can fight with Penske, Ganassi and Andretti, which is a pretty big task for a race team. We certainly don't have as many people working. We don't have people working overnight.
But the people we have are quality people and they are just waiting to work extra hours and they understand really well the problems. They trust me as a driver, so it's great momentum going into Houston.
I think we know Houston is going to be bumpy and we know it should be concrete, so that's very similar to here and I think what we found this weekend should work. I'm excited about it. I just wish we were going next week so we wouldn't have to wait so long.
It's going to be a difficult event, a lot of things will happen there, because obviously there's only three races to go, so a lot of people will be trying to make things happen. Just try to be up front and not be bothered too much by the chaos.
When the race unfolds the way it does with all the crashes and bumps, is it tougher mentally or physically toward the end, and where do you think you win the race? Do you win the race with your physical skills as a driver or just being able to survive the chaos?
Actually I think it's easier when we have yellows because we have time to drink and we have time to rest and recover from a long running on the green. Long running on the green here, you sweat a lot, so you lose water and it's so bumpy, you don't really have time to drink, so cramps could happen. So the yellows are awesome or recuperation and drinking.
The biggest thing on the yellow is to get your energy up again and to understand where your tyres are, how cold they are; the brakes, also, and understanding how to get everything in temperature.
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