Kanaan suggested he could have challenged for the win had his car not lost a vital part of its aerodynamics. “We have a gurney on the undertray, and I lost the right-rear gurney. I knew right there that I wasn't going to be able to win, so I told the team guys, 'Let's do our best.' Because of that, my car was handling really badly, so I came in early, made an adjustment, and I'm happy with second. Honda tried to win this race so much. Dan (Wheldon) deserves it. He led the most laps and had a strong car. “
After his lowly qualifying position, Castroneves was happy with third; "Coming from the back, going to the front, going to the back again -- I was all over the place. I have to thank Firestone Tyres for giving me more than I expected on the last stint, and especially, Toyota. Even though I over-revved the engine so many times trying to go fast, the engine is still intact.“
Now the teams will have some time to reflect on this race – the next is not until the end of May. But it's also the one everyone wants to win – the Indianapolis 500.
(Photos: Firestone Racing)