Texas IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after race

Texas IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after race
Jun 11, 2017, 4:02 AM

Will Power wins wild one at Texas for 31st career victory

Will Power, Team Penske Team Penske Chevrolet in victory lane with guns
Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Tristan Vautier, Dale Coyne Racing Honda
Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet, Will Power, Team Penske Team Penske Chevrolet, Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Gabby Chaves, Harding Racing Chevrolet
Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport Honda
Conor Daly, A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet
Max Chilton, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Chevrolet and Takuma Sato, Andretti Autosport Honda crash in pit lane

1 12 australia Will Power 248 2:32'31.0118   140.491 9 53
"It was very intense. I could see (Scott) Dixon was able to pass me at the start/finish line. So, I was starting to think about what I was going to do there at the end. Phenomenal job by the guys in the pits. I am so stoked, so happy for Verizon. Shows you how good that Chevy engine is, man, it was super fast tonight. I'm so stoked to win in my second home, where my wife (Liz) is from, Texas. All the family is here, it just feels awesome."
2 10 brazil Tony Kanaan 248 2:32'31.2096 0.1978 140.488 10 41
"It was a tough night, just very intense from the first to the last lap. I'm going to apologize to (James Hinchcliffe) for what happened - I just got up a little too high. We paid the price for my mistake. We got a penalty, paid the penalty, and we were able to finish second. I'm proud of the team for sticking with me and fighting our way back up front. It was just an intense race. A lot of things happened and you had to avoid a lot of things to finish. I'm not going to lie, I'm glad it's over." 
3 1 france Simon Pagenaud 248 2:32'31.3858 0.3740 140.485 9 35
"It was very much pack racing, so we were trying to get away from the pack, which we did for quite a while. It was a way also to save some fuel and stay behind (Will Power). I was trying to protect him so that we could just go as fast as we could, and it worked out really well. At the end there, I was hoping we were going to go a little longer because I had a really good car. It was a lot of fun. It got a little crazy at the end. I tell you, it is just incredible how close we can race against each other. Good fun, good night, awesome working with Will. That is Team Penske, we all work together, you guys don't believe us, but we do and we showed it tonight. 
4 15 united_states Graham Rahal 248 2:32'31.8230 0.8112 140.478 11 32
 "It was a crazy night with a lot of guys taking a lot of chances. After Indy and after this race, drivers need to have to take a deep breath and realize that this is dangerous stuff. I'm glad that our car doesn't have a ding on it. We weren't the prettiest thing out here tonight, but the Mi-Jack boys worked very hard and I'm pleased with the end result. We raised a lot of money for Turns for Troops and our United Rentals initiative. I would have liked to have won it, and I actually felt like I had the car to do it, but I struggled with track position all night and I got lucky to not get involved in all those crashes. I'm obviously disappointed in myself to stall on that last stop, but I'm probably lucky because I cleared the incident right after that. We got lucky to miss and avoid those crashes because all of them were right in front of me. I'm looking forward to Road America, which should be a good one for us. Coming off three top fives in a row, hopefully we can go have another good points race with a good result."
5 88 colombia Gabby Chaves 248 2:32'32.9102 1.8984 140.462 9 30
"We did what we had to do. We kept our nose clean. We had a solid car. I think before the accidents, we were inside the top 12. We had great Chevy power until the end, and just made the passes when we had to. Just really proud of the team effort." 
6 27 united_states Marco Andretti 248 2:32'35.1750 4.1632 140.427 12 28
"It was absolute mayhem - a crapshoot whether you got through it. The good Lord was looking after us probably about 50 times tonight. It was pretty crazy. It was a survival type day, we had a one-lane car so I couldn't really pass cars. We were fast, but every time I go the run and popped out for the pass, we just lost grip. It was like one-and-a-half lanes out there, the second lane just never came in." 
7 4 united_states Conor Daly 247 2:32'34.6068 1 lap 139.869 10 26
"That was crazy. I think the biggest thing tonight is that I learned a lot. That was the first time ever on an oval that I raced side-by-side or that close to anyone. (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) we're never like that and last year I didn't make it through much of the race. It was a huge level of experience gain. We made progress on the car all the way through and on the last stint, I thought we were really in contention for a top five. We were right in the fight which was really fun. I've never experienced any racing like that in my life. Really enjoyed it. It was crazy to spin at the end, but we kept going, so overall just a nice day for us to make it through and survive. I think my guys did a great job - tonight was a lot of work in the pits - we were adjusting the car every stop so I have to thank them for all their work." 
8 8 united_kingdom Max Chilton 245 2:30'11.6653 3 laps 140.937 10 25
"That was a wild ride in Texas. I was hanging on for 200 laps, then the car started to come to me. Luckily half the field was taken out and it was easy to get into the mix because of attrition. With 20 (laps) to go we were competitive. Unfortunately with the incident, I collected (Scott) Dixon in the aftermath of that accident and that ended it for the Gallagher car." 
9 9 new_zealand Scott Dixon 243 2:26'16.9562 5 laps 143.525 9 23
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10 26 japan Takuma Sato 243 2:26'16.9959 5 laps 143.524 12 20
 "It's disappointing. We had a very good car the second half of the race. It was an unfortunate situation - I had a car in front of me and a car to my right, I got two tires in the grass, bottomed out and there was nowhere for me to go from that. We just ran out of track. All the cars were battling for position and constantly moving. It was an exciting race for sure, and I am disappointed it ended the way it did."



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