An interview Sam Hornish Jr.</B>, <B>Helio Castroneves</B> Part 2 of 2 Q: Helio, your thoughts on the penalty that was handed down yesterday after the supposed blocking at Chicagoland last weekends? Helio Castroneves: Well,...
An interview Sam Hornish Jr.</B>, <B>Helio Castroneves</B>
Part 2 of 2
Q: Helio, your thoughts on the penalty that was handed down yesterday after the supposed blocking at Chicagoland last weekends?
Helio Castroneves: Well, the situation is very competitive and the situation that we were out there in the last few laps, Brian was able to see better than anybody, if he feels that way, he is the one that makes the call. So, he has to do whatever he has to do.
Sam Hornish Jr.</B>: I have a feeling the penalty wasn't quite high enough. (Laughter). You have to take whatever advantage you can get.
Q: All of the money, all of the things are on the line, name in the record books that kind of thing, is that important or do you block it out and just go racing? If the prize was a popsicle at the end of the day, would you race just as hard?
Sam Hornish Jr.</B>: I think we are both the same in the fact that it doesn't matter what else happens. All we really want to do is win the race. You can go out there and you can win the points, you can do something that nobody else has done before and you can win $1 million to go along with it and that's all great. But, you know, I remember when I was five years old racing a bicycle against it didn't matter, just being able to say you won.
Helio Castroneves: Well, I guess it's nice to have the records. I know these things. But I tend to agree with Sam. I don't think it's that important. Obviously, the championship, for me, it's what I'm looking for right now, and I'm sure people remember the championship instead of just the win. So, I'm going to go and fight as hard as I can with whatever I have in my hands and making sure that I'm going to be there in the end.
Helio Castroneves: Well, that's not what happened last week. Everyone is trying to win no matter what, I think that's going to happen the same way; that's going to be the case here. They are going to try to a lot of people want to show the potential that they have, maybe they have got a good chance to win a race. And sometimes the last race of the championship, it's what everybody remembers for the following season. So, I'm sure it's going to be a war again. I remember in Texas here in July or June, maybe they are going to be watching between me and Sam a little careful, but I still think it's going to be strong and competitive race. So that's the good news for me.
Sam Hornish Jr.</B>: I think that I don't expect anybody to give me any more room than they normally do, whether it was the first race of the season. You don't want them to give you any less, either. It's a tough balance because you have guys out there definitely racing for different purposes. Helio and I are racing to win the championship. Other guys are racing to win their first race of the year, and it's a tough thing to be in the middle of, because, I mean, you want them to give you a little bit more room. If you're right there at the end and you need an extra position, but they are trying to get a good finish, also. So I'm sure it will just come down to whatever it comes down to. Actually, getting to the point where I just wish it was Sunday right now and we could line up the cars and don't worry about qualifying and just start the race. Because there's too many scenarios you have to go through to think about, you can drive yourself nuts by saying: What happens if this guy does this, what happens if another guy does that. I wish it was race time because you're going to find out on Sunday what's going to happen, and I can tell you that the last lap, it could very well be decided on the first lap.
Q: Did you bring any extra equipment for this race and how do you choose which car to race?
Helio Castroneves: Other than my family, no, I didn't bring anybody extra.
Q: Equipment for the car?
Helio Castroneves: No. For my team, we keep we have the same thing. We are not having any extra equipment to have any advantage or something like that. Basically it's just another race, obviously the last race, and we are competing in the championship.
But, I guess just my guys are sharp, ready to go, as well.
Sam Hornish Jr.</B>: Our cars pretty much just go through a rotation. We have two cars for the team. That's all we have. If those two don't get us through the weekend, then we are in trouble.
Q: If it comes down to the last few laps and Helio is leading and you're second and it may take a little risky move to try to take a pass for the lead, do you settle for second or do you go for it?
Sam Hornish Jr.</B>: I try my best never to put the car to be out of the race, even when the championship doesn't really matter. So I'm sure I'll make kind of calculate what the plus and minuses, but always try to win. If I just sat back and finished second, there's not a whole lot of heart in that. And I believe that's the one thing that I always believe in, that I need to do when I race, put my all into it and always try to win the race. What's the fun of finishing second?
Q: Helio, is your new teammate going to work out OK for you?
Helio Castroneves: I hope so. That's why we bring him here. I'm sure he's going to do a good job for the team. It's a shame that Gil was not here. The good news is he's doing well and he's going to come and join us on Sunday or Saturday, so he will be around. I'm sure it's going to be good, for the whole team.
Q: This track in Chicago in some ways are similar, mileandahalf, that kind of thing, looked like you may have been lacking for horsepower last Monday. Anymore this week?
Helio Castroneves: Well, obviously, the good news here in Texas, you are able to go threewide, I believe the trap, you'll be able to catch a little more, even if you are far away. I believe here you do have more ability to go around, even if your car is not as fast as you can. So, no, we don't have any change. I think we are in the same boat. But the good news is, we do have this track, which probably are going to put more passes in between us. So hopefully we are going to be in good shape.
EDDIE GOSSAGE: I think you all have known Texas Motor Speedway and my position on the Indy Racing League, it is my belief that right outside this building, this series came of age. It is our distinct pleasure to host the championship event of the Indy Racing League. It's all the more pleasurable when it comes down to two champions of this nature, and you're going to hear me say this over and over all weekend: We could not be more pleased, more excited, and more honored by Tony George and Indy Racing League than we are to host this championship event, something we look toward to happening for decades and decades to come. We hope that these two guys have a great race on Sunday and hate that one has to win and one doesn't, but they are both great champions and we appreciate you both. Thank you for bringing your talents here, and we thank all of the drivers in the Indy Racing League for bringing their skills here.
Hornish, Castroneves press conference, Part I