An interview with Pablo Donoso Indy Racing League Teleconference Transcript THE MODERATOR: We have several guests joining us today. Starting the call with us is Firestone Indy Lights driver Pablo Donoso, and joining us in a few minutes will be...
An interview with Pablo Donoso
Indy Racing League Teleconference Transcript
THE MODERATOR: We have several guests joining us today. Starting the call with us is Firestone Indy Lights driver Pablo Donoso, and joining us in a few minutes will be Indy Car Series driver Bruno Junqueira.
Pablo is a rookie in Firestone Indy Lights driving for Team Moore Racing and is riding a string of seven consecutive top-10 finishes starting at Milwaukee. Three of those finishes were fifths, and last weekend Pablo finished third at Mid-Ohio, which moved him up to eighth in the points.
Pablo, congratulations on your strong runs recently. Seems like the season got off to a bit of a slow start, but now you're really on a roll. Can you tell us a little bit about how the season has gone for you so far?
PABLO DONOSO: Yeah, like you said, the beginning was really hard. I was without a team with the last moment but was supposed to run IndyCar with Foyt but we had some problems, and we couldn't do that, but we started in IndyCar in Indy Lights with another team, and now I moved to Team Moore Racing, and on the last few races we had really good results. Not perfect, because I would like to be on the podium all the time, but this series is so hard, so competitive, so finishing in the top five is really, really good. We are learning, and we are going up, and we are having good results on the last race, and I hope to have the same result on the next four races and move up a little bit more in the championship.
THE MODERATOR: You're teammates with Jeff Simmons, a guy who has a lot of experience both in the Indy Lights cars and also some IndyCar Series experience. How much has Jeff helped you this season?
PABLO DONOSO: It's really good to have Jeff like a teammate or have some driver with a lot of experience. Like in my career, I had Enrique Bernoldi, who is running in IndyCar now, and now I have Jeff Simmons. And in USAC I had J.J. Yeley. So it's good when you have some teammates with a lot of experience who can drive fast, because that pushes you to be better and to be faster.
With Jeff, we are doing a really good job together, and we talk a lot about the car, and I think it's good for the team to have two competitive drivers. So I think it's pretty cool to have Jeff on the team.
THE MODERATOR: A lot of drivers that come over to Firestone Indy Lights, they have never competed on ovals before, and you had a little different background by competing in the Silver Crowns the last couple of years. How much has it helped you to have the previous experience on the ovals?
PABLO DONOSO: Well, it's really good because I think when I moved to Silver Crown in 2006, I learned a lot. On Silver Crown cars, it's a little bit different, you have to brake and use normal lines like coming on the outside and being on the apex and going again to the outside. And in the Indy Lights, sometimes you run on the line, or on the inside, you know what I mean, trying to go for the front of the track like in Homestead.
It's a little bit different but some good experience for me to run on the Silver Crown and learn about the ovals, and that's good because I can become competitive in ovals, like in Ohio, I was one of the fastest cars on the race and being competitive in road courses, that's what IndyCar is looking for, drivers who can be fast on road courses and ovals here.
THE MODERATOR: Last year you raced for A.J. Foyt Racing. How much did you actually get to know A.J. and what was it like racing for him?
PABLO DONOSO: Driving for A.J. Foyt was great. If somebody can teach you a lot, it's A.J. He's one of the best drivers in history, by far the best driver in IndyCar, so for me it was great last year. And I hope to run again with him, you know, the future maybe next year, in 2010. But what I learned with A.J. Foyt last year was awesome. I really enjoyed to be with him every week, and it was great.
THE MODERATOR: What led you in the off-season to decide to come over to Firestone Indy Lights for this season?
PABLO DONOSO: Because I love IndyCars. For me, IndyCar is the best thing in the world, it's better than Formula 1, and what I really want to do. So when I moved to Silver Crown, it was just to learn about ovals, and that's what I really want to do in 2005 when I came to the USA the first time. I was running World Series in Europe, and so it was something pretty similar to the Indy Lights car but I didn't have the backing. So this year, we did some good deals with the sponsors and everything, and we couldn't run for a couple of races in the series anyway, but this is where you have to be, nice (prize) money and everything.
THE MODERATOR: There's only four races left in the season. What would you like to accomplish in those four races?
PABLO DONOSO: I'm looking forward for Sonoma because I won my first race in the USA there, and I think I'm going to be really competitive in Infineon. But anyway, I know Kentucky. I ran in Silver Crown in Kentucky; I ran in Chicago, so the next four races I've got experience on the tracks. So I think we can be really competitive, but I'm looking forward for Sonoma.
Q: What do you know about the race course in Edmonton? Have you asked anybody about it?
PABLO DONOSO: I watched the race, and I think it's a great track, and so I'm pretty happy the series is running in Edmonton and it's running in Canada. So I hope next year we will go to there maybe with the IndyCar or the Indy Lights. I'm going to watch the race this weekend, and I'm pretty happy about the racetrack. It's a really fast racetrack, so I think it's great for the series to be running there.
THE MODERATOR: All right, thank you so much for joining us, and again, congratulations on a great run recently and good luck the rest of the way.