"If [co-owner] Jimmy [Vasser] had to say 'no', there are other potential openings, other shifts in the driver market. For example, there's a big question mark over possible vacancies at Andretti Green Racing. People have asked whether I would get on with Michael Andretti, and I realise we had our problems back in the '90s, but we got on fine when we were team-mates at Team Green/Andretti-Green in 2001-'02 - and I did everything asked of me at Toronto, and that was an Andretti Green Promotions race. That's all you can do, act in a professional way.
"I'm older now, I'm a different person than I was ten or 15 years ago. I like Tony Kanaan and, [while] I don't really know Marco [Andretti], I'd be happy to help with set-ups and stuff like that. From green light to chequered flag on raceday, I'm a selfish SOB but, through the rest of the weekend, I can be a team player, share data and feedback, and so on.
"The stupid thing is [that] the Indy Racing League are gonna need me to help sell tickets for the Canadian races next year, but to not drive on a road course for a year (like I did from Edmonton 2008 to Watkins Glen '09) won't help my cause – or the spectator numbers, because the Canadian fans will see it as a PR stunt.
"It's one thing doing Indy for a whole month; you can do a decent job there because you've got a lot of time to dedicate to getting the car how you want it, and getting yourself race-sharp, [but] it's only gonna get harder and harder to parachute me in for two races and expect me to do well. I'm 40 - I can't just take a year off and expect to then turn up and chase down Penske and Ganassi cars. After Edmonton, I've got nothing for now, and that depresses me."