IPS: IRL: Mid-Ohio: Andretti Green Racing race report

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Danica Patrick, #7 Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone

(ON THE RACE) "It's been a great weekend for the team and we had a good, solid day. It was a shame to start the race the way we did, especially when there are teammates involved, but we hung in there and stayed focused on what we needed to do. The Motorola crew was awesome. We got some people in the pits at the beginning, which was a really pivotal point because then I was able to clip off people one-by-one more so. Dario did a good job hanging in there up front, Tony had a great drive from the back and it's a shame that Marco didn't get to finish the race."

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

(ON THE INCIDENT ON LAP ONE) "There was nothing I could do. Danica appeared to be sliding. She had a loose moment in front of me. I hit the brakes to avoid her and I spun. Unfortunately I took Marco out in the process. I felt so bad for Marco because he had nothing to do with it. Actually Marco turned me back straight and then he rolled over. I feel bad about it and unfortunately it happened between us. It's really disappointing for the 7-Eleven team. Eric Cowdin (race engineer) gave me a great race car today. George (Klotz) (team manager) did a great job calling the race and the guys in the pits were awesome. We had a great car today, capable of winning and it's unfortunate."

Marco Andretti, #26 NYSE Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"We all can't fit through a corner and it's a bummer when people aren't on it on the starts because then things just get crazy. I tried to go around on the outside and that wasn't going to work because there was no room. I saw Danica (Patrick) and Tony (Kanaan) and I thought she was off the track, so I went all the way to the right to avoid contact and unfortunately that didn't work either. It happens but it's a real bummer for the NYSE team because we had a race-winning car today."

Dario Franchitti, #27 Canadian Club Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"We finished in second place but unfortunately (Scott) Dixon was in front of us again. He really drove a great race and Helio (Castroneves) as well. We were pushing each other the whole time, pushing as much as our cars would allow. It was quite a battle out there. I know it's going to be a fight until the end for the championship, but I wasn't expecting anything else. We'll just keep pushing the Canadian Club car each week and we'll work on it. We kind of messed up there on the start because we had 'Dixie' (Scott Dixon) covered but then Danica (Patrick) slid and Tony (Kanaan) spun avoiding her then Marco (Andretti) got involved. I had to check up to avoid getting wiped out by Tony and that was a lot of the race right there."

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Jaime Camara, #11 oso*fresh Dallara/Firestone "We tried a different setup on the oso*fresh car for the race today. It worked really well for us, but this is a difficult track to pass on. It is just a long, hard race on the same set of tires. It was pretty good though. Our lap times were consistent and I am happy with the way I drove the race and the way the guys set the car up. If we would have started the weekend the way we finished it, we could have had a top-three finish today."

-credit: agr

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Marco Andretti , Jaime Camara , Danica Patrick