IRL: Indy 500: Penske, Cindric race quotes

ROGER PENSKE (Team Owner, Penske Racing): (For the rest of the season, is it going to be the Panoz G Force chassis or the Dallara?): "I have to talk to the man on my left, two down (Tim Cindric), to determine that. Probably the next race at Texas,...

ROGER PENSKE (Team Owner, Penske Racing): (For the rest of the season, is it going to be the Panoz G Force chassis or the Dallara?): "I have to talk to the man on my left, two down (Tim Cindric), to determine that. Probably the next race at Texas, we tested there, I think that we are going to run the Dallaras. It is going to be a discussion between Tim and the team. At this point, we can't be taking two chassis to every race. We don't get the benefit of the cross-information. We have to make that decision pretty quick, but I don't think we can make that decision after today." (Do you ever allow yourself to savor victories?): "One of the things I pride myself in is getting here and staying connected. I spent more time here than I ever did. Because Gil (de Ferran) was coming back, I wanted to be sure that he had the support he needed. With Helio winning twice, I knew that he was going to get a lot of coverage, because he had three-peat potential. I mean, I have a good business and a lot of great people. My racing is everyday. Of course, I don't sit in the car anymore. To me this is going to be great for the next couple of days. The most fun is when you go back to the plant, and the people there feel like they won. That is the whole thing: we are a team. Not just the people out there, if Gil won or Helio won today, everyone in the whole organization won. That is what counts."

TIM CINDRIC (President, Penske Racing): "If there's a guy here that deserves to win the race, it was the guy that won today. It's an exclamation point to his career. He's a class act. He's great for the sport. I guess we showed today that we don't have team orders in our camp." (Compare and contrast Gil's and Helio's (Castroneves) personalities): "I think once they put the helmet on, they're very similar. The perception out there is that Gil is the conservative type. He's not the outgoing, run around and climb-the-fence type like what Helio is. But when you get to know these guys, they're very similar. Trying to go from the back to the front there at Phoenix, when Gil got caught up there with Michael (Andretti), that's not a conservative guy in that car. The best thing is these two guys respect each other. The good thing for me is that there's no better catalyst for the team than the driver, because they don't have that authoritative -- you know they're not the figureheads, that's he (Roger Penske) and I's job to keep those guys in line. But they're the ones that can bring out the positives, and they're both positive individuals." (Did you have any fear towards the end of the race about the competitive nature between the two?): "Helio said, 'Look, I need a break here to be able to get by him, something's going to have to happen for me to get by.' I said, 'You've just got to be smart. I guarantee he's not going to give you any room so you're going to have to make it right.' He did a good job, and it is what it is."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roger Penske
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