MATOS COMPLETES INDY PRO SERIES STREET SWEEP
Also on April 2, Raphael Matos completed a St. Petersburg sweep by winning his second Indy Pro Series of the weekend in the Indy Pro Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
INDY PRO SERIES POST-RACE QUOTES:
RAPHAEL MATOS (No. 41 Guthrie Racing/Car Crafters, winner Race #2): "It's been like a dream come true for me. Everything was perfect this race. Unfortunately, I made some mistakes yesterday, especially on the restart. Today, I had everything sorted out. I was able to study a little bit on what Jay Howard would do on the restart. So I tried different lines on every restart and I was able to get into position to win again. "
JAY HOWARD (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Isilon/Sam Schmidt Mtrspts, finished second): "First start yesterday, I had a great start. Second start yesterday, I was really suprised. He (Raphael Matos) didn't learn from his mistake in the first one. Three times they learn, or whatever the saying is. He did finally learn from it, and he managed to get ahead. He was fast. But my team has done a great job this weekend. Even with a full course yellow with one or two laps to go, I would have been struggling. I'm pleased, so I have to say thanks to everyone again. We'll see what's next in Indianapolis.
ALEX LLOYD (No. 26 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, finished third): "Well, it was a good race. I had nothing to lose. Yesterday was disappointing because we qualified well, had a quick (spin), and that was pretty much it for the race. The boys did a few adjustments to the car today, and it was very good. Going through the first half of the race, it was great. I managed to work my way through the field. I had a good run. After that it was just difficult. Jay (Howard) had a little more speed than me, but I think there was a bit more wing. When your running that close to someone that long, it's very tough. We had Jeff Simmons behind me at the end. It's difficult being in the middle. You want to attack, but at the same time, you have to defend. I'm very happy to be on the podium. It's great for the team. This is our first run together, we only met last weekend. Hopefully we can be together the rest of the season, stay on the podium and get a few wins."
JEFF SIMMONS (No. 24 Kenn Hardley Racing, finished fourth): "My car was much better on the longer runs. I think we were maybe as quick as the leader, definitely quicker than the guys ahead of us on the longer runs. I'm just sorry for Kenn Hardley Racing. I wanted to give them a better finish today. Not being on the podium is a disappointment."
JONATHAN KLEIN (No. 27 Klein Tools, finished fifth): "We were looking to finish the race, get experience, get points, take advantage of certain situations, like Wade (Cunningham) being out. And we wanted maximize points, so I didn't want to do anything stupid or go for something that would be an iffy move just for one position and risk taking myself out of the race. I drove conservatively today. I didn't drive to aggressively. The car was pretty decent, but all in all, I didn't have the car to keep up with (Jeff) Simmons and the top three guys after tires came in. The car was great on cold tires, so we were good on the restarts and could keep up with those guys pretty good. But, two races in two days, all four corners (still) on the car, and we got points finishing in the top five both days, so we're pretty happy." (About race weekend): "This weekend was a lot of fun. This is my first street race, and Sam Schmidt Motorsports and Andretti Green Racing crews did an excellent job getting me a good car to hang onto for all 40 laps."