IPS: Indianapolis: Post-race press conference, part 2

Continued from part 1 Q: You had a couple there in (Turn) 1, too. UNSER: I was passing in (Turn) 1. Seemed like a great place for me. I could come out of (Turn) 4 and really draft them. Going into 3, I was fast through 3 and 4 like Wade...

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Q: You had a couple there in (Turn) 1, too.

UNSER: I was passing in (Turn) 1. Seemed like a great place for me. I could come out of (Turn) 4 and really draft them. Going into 3, I was fast through 3 and 4 like Wade was, except I would go ahead and hold the draft down the front straight and just pop out right at the last moment. I think I got Herb and the 20 car a couple times.

SULLIVAN: Other questions for two and three?

Q: In pre-race what sort of strategy was there between the two of you or your team?

UNSER: Well, before -- who spun at the beginning? Before the --

SULLIVAN: Cole Carter.

UNSER: Before Carter spun at the beginning, I was planned to start right behind my teammate and we were just going to try to work as a team because you need a drafting partner here. It's faster in the draft than running by yourself. Then coming down the last 10 laps, we were going to duke it out but unfortunately we didn't get to have the green flag finish.

SULLIVAN: Other questions? Gentlemen, great job. Congratulations.

UNSER: Thank you.

CUNNINGHAM: Thanks a lot.

SULLIVAN: Well, it tops off a perfect couple of days for you, Jaime, obviously winning the pole position, your first. And now you're in Victory Lane and of all places at Indianapolis. Congratulations on your victory.

Tell us about the day. It was a little hairy out there from time to time.

JAIME CAMARA: Thank you. Man, when the race start, Wade passing me on the first lap, I was surprised. But I knew I had a good car and I saw the way he was driving. I saw that I could pass him one or two laps later. Was very good. But he was behind me all the racing and was putting pressure on the No. 6 car. Jon Herb was there, too, one or two laps. But I knew I had the best car there and that I could maintain my position to the end of the race.

SULLIVAN: You were confident of that early that you had the best car?

CAMARA: Yeah, because we started yesterday on the practice. We were the fastest. The qualifying we were the fastest, and the last practice we were the fastest again. So it was one of that weekends that you can't believe how good the car is. It's amazing. I have no words. It's my first victory here in Indianapolis and the biggest race of the year.

SULLIVAN: Congratulations. Questions for Jaime?

Q: Talk us through that final lap and what they told you on the radio and what was going through your mind.

CAMARA: I was worried in the last lap when the yellow came out, n. because I didn't know if they were going to restart the race. I was n. asking my crew if the race was going to finish on the yellow flag and n. they said no, it's going to be one gree I was very worried because I n. knew Wade was back here, and I was worried he had a run on the front n. straight and maybe pass me before the start/finish line. But I think In. did a good job in maintaining my positio n.

SULLIVAN: Other questions? We're not going to be shy here with our winner now, are we?

Q: They told you on the radio this was going to happen?

CAMARA: Yeah, they were preparing me. Look for Wade, and he's going to try to pass you. He did it in two restarts before that, he did that. So I was worried.

Q: So when they waved the green and the checkered at the same time, have you ever seen that before in any race anywhere?

CAMARA: No.

Q: What were you thinking?

CAMARA: I couldn't believe it. I started screaming on the radio, 'Yeah, we did it.' This is it, you know, because I couldn't believe, man. I mean, I'm with that sensation that job was done, you know. Job well done. It was very good since the beginning here. I have only good memories now.

Q: How did they explain the restart, the last restart to you? And who told you about it, your team or Race Control?

CAMARA: Team, my engineer. I asked him, I talked to him a lot on the track and I asked him about if the race was going to end on the yellow and he said no, they will give green one lap to go.

Q: The gave the green where, when you were in the north chute?

CAMARA: Between (Turns) 3 and 4, I restart, I restarted.

Q: OK. You must have gotten that as a radio signal?

CAMARA: Yeah. My spotter on the Turn 3, he told me: 'Pick it up, pick it up. Let's go, let's go. This is it.' And I restart again.

SULLIVAN: We went through this in the last group. You knew where the acceleration point was, you knew where you were supposed to pick up the throttle?

CAMARA: Yeah.

SULLIVAN: Wade says that you might have brake-checked the field a little bit. In other words, you hit the brake to try to create some separation. For the record, he said he would have done the same thing. Is that one of your strategies to try to break free?

CAMARA: I never did that. I started to pick it up, and I was just increasing speed and I never did that.

Q: So in just a couple of weeks the Formula One teams come to town, and they reconfigure the track, and you guys get to do this all over again at the same facility. What does it mean to you being the champion of this race and going into that one?

CAMARA: Pressure. That means pressure. Everybody's going to ask me if I'm going to win again, but we have to wait until then. It's a road course race, it's very different. You've got to wait then.

SULLIVAN: Looking forward to it?

CAMARA: Yeah, I'm looking forward to race here on the road course. The track is really nice. I like to drive here. I think we're going to do good, too.

Q: What stands out from the things your family or friends said to you. Is there any one thing that somebody in your family said to you when you got out of the car or when you were out there celebrating, or is there any one moment you'll remember forever when sharing with them?

CAMARA: They were cheering and screaming my name. They are very happy for that. They came here from Brazil to watch the race, a few sponsors, too. So they're very happy -- I'm very happy that it ended like that in Victory Lane. It couldn't be better, man. There's no way it could be better.

SULLIVAN: Other questions for Jaime?

Q: Obviously, the IRL has made a home for Brazilian drivers. What is your ambition and how soon do you think you can get into IndyCars competitively?

CAMARA: I think I need to gain experience first. And this is only my fourth race in Infiniti Pro Series. I have the whole season. It's not easy to drive a car out there in the draft. You've got to know what you're doing. So I'm looking forward to gaining a lot of experience this year. Hopefully, fight for the championship at the end of the year. And next season, if everything goes right, I'll try to go to IndyCar Series, or I will stay one more year in Infiniti.

Q: Growing up in Brazil, you obviously had some hero drivers. How much did you know about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

CAMARA: I always watched the races here, and Emerson Fittipaldi, Castroneves. They were all kind of heroes back there and for me, too. They were people that I look at and base all my decisions of coming to race in the United States from them. I looked at them, and I want to do that. I think here in the IndyCar Series, growing up a lot, and it's the best place to come and race. It's better than anywhere in the world, I think.

SULLIVAN: Questions for our winner? Congratulations. Well done.

CAMARA: Thank you.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Jon Herb , Emerson Fittipaldi , Cole Carter