Motegi: Andretti Green Racing race report

Danica Patrick, ...

Danica Patrick, #7 Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"Finally! This is a long time coming. It was a fuel strategy race, but my team called it perfectly for me. I know I was on the same strategy as Helio and when I passed him for the lead, I couldn't believe it. This is fabulous.

"First and foremost, I have to thank Motorola for all of their support. They've been a fantastic sponsor and I'm thrilled to give them their first win in several years. I also want to thank Go Daddy.com, XM, AirTran Airways, Honda and Firestone for all their support, as well. I also have to thank Michael (Andretti), Kim (Green) and Kevin (Savoree). They've believed in me since the very beginning and this validates their decision. To get my first win is great. To do it at Honda's track is even better."

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"The Team 7-Eleven car was good today but we seemed to miss on the strategy. It's pretty frustrating but it is what it is."

Marco Andretti, #26 Alpine Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"When you're on cold tires, that's when you're supposed to take advantage of the other guys. It just caught me out and snapped loose. You can't blame it on the cold temperature, though. It was driver error, for sure. We came a long way for this race and I'm just really disappointed for the Alpine boys."

Hideki Mutoh, #27 Formula Dream Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"I made a mistake after the pit out and hit the wall. I feel so sorry for the team since they gave me a good car and it was running so well until I hit the wall. I am very happy for Danica's first win and I hope I get to win someday soon."

-credit: agr

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