2009 Indianapolis 500 Post-Race Quotes Sunday, May 24, 2009 MARIO MORAES (No. 5 Azul Tequila-Votorantim-KV Racing): "I don't know. I'm really upset with what happened. I don't know what Marco was doing there. That lap was the first. Just the...
2009 Indianapolis 500 Post-Race Quotes
Sunday, May 24, 2009
MARIO MORAES (No. 5 Azul Tequila-Votorantim-KV Racing):
"I don't know. I'm really upset with what happened. I don't know what Marco was doing there. That lap was the first. Just the first corner he was outside. I don't know if he knew, but this was the 500 miles race. I don't know if there was any point in what he did. Unfortunately, my spotter didn't tell me that he was looking outside, and I was just driving my line and when I realized, I was in the wall."
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 21 IZOD/WilliamRast/Vision Racing):
"A.J. Foyt IV was really loose and checked up in Turn 3 and 4. I followed him in there too closely, and that's my fault. I got a big aero wash, and I was a passenger from there on. That put me in the grey and into the wall. The Vision 21 IZOD crew fought so hard all month, and we were finally in a position that we were going to have a race where the positions were going to come to us with some patience. They already were. It's a shame to have to have that happen trying to get around a car that's almost disabled, but I guess that's Indy."
GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 02 McDonald's Racing Team):
"We all caught traffic, basically. Milka (Duno) got in front of me, and she was absolutely clueless. She would go low like she was going to let everybody by, but then she'd go fast enough where you can't get by her. She come out on track and run you real tight. I tried to go half a car width up in (Turn) 4, and it just went straight. Same thing I had last year. I'm really upset and disappointed. The McDonald's car was feeling good. We had the pace to stay with the leaders. We couldn't get close enough to pass, but still it's disappointing."
ORIOL SERVIA (No. 17 The Rahal Letterman DAFCA Special):
"We were having the best race ever. The engine completely shut off on the backstretch. I have no explanation. I had a lot of fun while it lasted."
DAVEY HAMILTON (No. 44 Hewlett Packard):
"We were good for a while. Then the back end kept stepping out. We were running too much downforce and got up in the marbles. The balance of car was getting a bit loose getting in. We were making some adjustments, and I was just taking my time getting my pace back. I got loose getting into (Turn) 3. I had to chase it back up, got in the marbles, and that was it. As soon as you get out of the groove, you're done."
TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven):
"I don't know. Something broke in the middle of the straightaway. I hit head-on on the wall. I don't think the cameras caught that on the first hit, and then I went for a wild ride. I rest my head on the headrest and closed my eyes. I knew it was going to be a big one. I'm pretty much beat up. I have to thank my guys and the championship people who have kept me in shape. And thank you to the safety team. I hit the wall at 190 mph, and I'm standing here talking to you. I'm a little sore, and I'm going to be sore tomorrow. Something broke in the rear suspension at 190 miles an hour, and I have to thank the safety crew that I can walk back to my motorhome."
ROBERT DOORNBOS (No. 06 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing):
"It's been a very tough day for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. We were looking really good, but then unfortunately Tomas Scheckter was just too excited going into Turn 1. He passed me really late and left me nowhere to go. On the marbles, we just brushed the wall and bent the wishbone. So we had to go back to the garage, but we got out again. Something else bent again on the right rear, so we'll call it a day."
NELSON PHILIPPE (No. 00 i drive green HVM Racing):
"It's just a shame. I thought we had a good race. I tried giving too much room. It was a light hit, but it was enough."
MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy):
"It's totally disappointing. I should have been smarter than that. That kid (Moraes) is in way over his head with where he is now. I'm sitting next to him, and he just drives up into me. There was no one in sight of him. I should have known better."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske):
"This is incredible. I think my tears speak for everything. What a great team. I just have to thank, first of all, the Lord for giving me this opportunity, to be strong, to have a family that I have. I have to think Roger (Penske), Tim (Cindric), my guys, Phillip Morris, all the associates (sponsors), Verizon, everybody because they gave my life back. I'm here today because of those guys. And obviously the fans. You guys don't understand. You guys kept me strong. You guys are the best. I'm honored to have fans like you. Thank you so much. Let's celebrate now. We were having all sorts of problems with the radio since the beginning of the race. And then, we had a little issue with the gearbox on the pit stops. I was getting neutral. I had to change for a mechanical. Finally, toward the end, we were just feeling the car. I didn't touch anything on the car at all. Basically, it was a long race. We were just taking it easy. It was good, actually, because behind I knew what I needed to do. But once I got in the front, it was never look back. What a day. This place is magical. It was beginning of the season, but things are starting to fall into place. This is the best month of May ever. Wow. Three. I can't believe it."
DAN WHELDON (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing):
"I'm incredibly excited. Unfortunately we didn't have quite enough for Helio (Castroneves) and the whole Penske organization. They should be very proud. I have to say, there's not many races that I've done in my career where I can honestly say that the team executed 100 percent. And I have to say they did today. The National Guard Panther Racing pit crew were phenomenal. They made my job incredibly easy all day because they made me spot after spot in the pits. It's one of those days where we just didn't have quite enough for Helio (Castroneves), but I think everyone on the team should be incredibly proud. We've had a difficult month, but the soldiers I've met here and even the stories I've heard from the soldiers overseas have that never-say-die attitude. And that was fully in force this month with the race team. I think we got the best out of everything, so they should be very proud. Honda gave us a good engine, as always. It's so competitive now with everybody having the same engines and the same tires. Firestone did a good job. It would be more frustrating if I had something for Helio (Castroneves), but I have to say I don't think we did. But it's not for a lack of effort."
E.J. VISO (No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing):
"The rear tire came loose twice. That's why we had to pit. I could not get the car up to speed. It was too shaky."
RAPHAEL MATOS (No. 2 US Air Force Luczo Dragon Racing):
"I feel OK. I hope Vitor is OK. It was just an unfortunate incident. We had a good car, and the team had worked so hard. It was just unfortunate to end like that. It's disappointing and frustrating. We just need to regroup and get ready for Milwaukee."
RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske):
"It was really hard today. I just got a bad set of tires. After we got the lead, under the yellow, we put a new set of tires on. After the restart, I just had nothing there. I had no grip in the front. I thought a tire was going flat. We had to pit, and we went a lap down. From there, it was just catch-up. And at the end, I was really excited again. We had gotten up to the top 10. I guess we short-fueled. Roger got me up to second, behind Helio, and the car felt awesome. I really thought I had a car to win with, but we just didn't have enough fuel. What a story Helio is. It's just incredible. It's just unbelievable for him. I'm so happy for Helio. It's just a Cinderella story. He's like a newborn kid and on top of the world."
ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Menards/Vision Racing):
"It's a top 10, but after finishing here fifth last year, nothing less than that would really be satisfying because you always want more. It was a tough day because it was pretty slick out there and my car wasn't great to start the day, but we worked on the No.20 Menards car all day, added some downforce and got to where I was happy with the way it was handling. But the problem was were just weren't quite fast enough to get up front and challenge. We battled our way to eighth, but I was just hoping for a little more coming into the day after a great run here last year, but it just wasn't meant to be We really didn't have the car to win today. The handling wasn't all that great, and we had to put a bunch of downforce on it during the race to get it to handle better. That slowed my pace down, and I was limited on how racy I could get. The month will end of a high note, however, with a new baby coming into our lives in the next couple of days. Until I win the Indy 500, bringing a child into the world will still be the best thing to ever happen to me."
ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 36 All Sport Conquest Racing):
"It's unbelievable. The guys did an awesome job in the pits. The guys gave me a great car. We were pretty stuck on downforce, and it would show on restarts with every fuel load. I wish I had a little less downforce, but the car was so good on old tires. I was catching up, and everybody was coming toward me on the long runs. The whole team worked well. The engineers made some changes between Carb Day and the race. What great teamwork. I'm very happy for ALL SPORT, Big Red, Rexall Edmonton Indy, King Tut and everybody that helped us this month. To finish this month in front of all of these people is what it's all about. To the sponsors, Eric (Bachelart) and the team, it's a very big deal. The day started when I walked into Gasoline Alley and saw the grandstands. It was my first time here on Race Day, and it was quite unbelievable. I'm very, very happy that I had a chance to participate in this race. For the team, they did a fantastic job. Obviously from where we started, we pretty much had no choice but to go for a little more downforce on the car, and I think that's why at the end of some runs some guys were struggling with their tires and they were coming back to us, which allowed us to make up some ground. We were able to save a lot of fuel on every pit stop. The guys did really, really good, and slowly but surely we made our way to the front. In the end when we got into the pack with the top-10 runners, it was a lot easier to stay flat all around for our runs because I was really stuck and it made it hard for guys to pass us. Our day was pretty simple: We just tried to make no mistakes and stay out of trouble and continue to make up ground toward the front. We also tried not to make any mistakes in the pits, and that's exactly what we did. We kept leapfrogging other guys and girls, so we got ourselves into P11. It was a really great job and a team effort."
JUSTIN WILSON (No. 18 Z-Line Designs):
"(On the collision with the wall that finished his day):
"Obviously it's very disappointing. I thought the Z-Line car was working well. After that last pit stop, we weren't moving forward, so it was frustrating. I had a couple of cars go around me, and I just lost all of my downforce so I'm turning. The car just started turning straight away, so I knew I was in trouble. I tried to back it down and just couldn't save it. I'm just disappointed. Everyone at Dale Coyne Racing has worked so hard all month. I thought we were on for a reasonable finish today. It's just how it goes."
Continued in part 2