IPS: Jonathan Urlin press conference, Part II

Indy Infiniti Pro Series March 25, 2003 Jonathan Urlin Part 2 of 2 Q: Could you give me some background on what race courses that you have raced at in and around Ontario? Urlin: I actually raced Formula 1200s, was a series that I got ...

Indy Infiniti Pro Series
March 25, 2003

Jonathan Urlin

Part 2 of 2

Q: Could you give me some background on what race courses that you have raced at in and around Ontario?

Urlin: I actually raced Formula 1200s, was a series that I got my regional licenses on like a couple years ago. And we did Shannonville there, and that was basically all I did as a 1200. And then I did Formula 2000 at Mosport for three years, and I have also done a bunch of driving instructing there with the Panoz and Audi schools and classes at Mosport. I have a lot of experience on Mosport Shannonville and also we ran Motorola Cup at the Molson Indy one year, which is pretty exciting because we got to be right on the street course there. As for Canada opposed Ontario, we also did Mount Tremblant in Quebec and Three Rivers Quebec in Quebec, and that is about all the Canadian tracks that I can say that I have got under my belt in cars.

Q: Could I get your age please, Jonathan?

Urlin: Sure, I am 20 years old.

Q: How do you see, you are going to school and racing at the same time as a complement to one another?

Urlin: That is a very interesting question, actually. How do I see them as a complement to each other? I guess it is kind of like a balance between the two, and you kind have to give it all you got to do something properly, and I am giving everything I got into racing, which kind of takes away from school. But then when I am back at home and I am trying to get my essays done and my schoolwork done, it tends to take away from racing, and I try my hardest not to let that happen. So opposed to it being a balance, it is more like they kind of tug on one another and pull each other in opposite directions. But obviously, racing always wins the tug-of-war, and that comes out on top. That is where most of my time goes into.

Q: Do you see in the future the fact that racers, successful racers not only have to be successful on the racetrack but also successful in the world of business to keep their effort going? Do you see what you are dealing with today as a possible training ground for having those same battles or conflicts of balancing business and racing?

Urlin: Definitely. Like I said, my father and I have always done a private team right from back when I was 8 years old and starting go-karts. We have always done it together, and I have always had the hands on the car and also know exactly what is going on with the finances of the season. I know what we could afford to spend in go-karts and how much money we brought in from sponsors, which obviously was not that much in go-karting, and I kind of always had to keep an eye on that. And seems how it was just my father and my deal all the way up until about this year it was just my father and I, I always completely had a hold on what is going on and I always knew exactly the whole business side and the whole, on the Canada side to the racing opposed to just the driving. My father is a businessman of Budget Rent A Car Canada so he has the business background, and I tend to learn my business traits from him and hopefully I can keep a hold of that through him and keep applying the business knowledge and also technical knowledge to our racing program all the way up through (the) IndyCar (Series).

Q: Jonathan, speaking of keeping a tab on expenses; what is the status for the car after the post-race accident in Phoenix and was this budgeted for and what is it going to cost?

Urlin: We took into account for the budget for the whole year that we would most likely have a car that is going to be brought in on the tow truck. We were not really looking forward to that day, and unfortunately it had to happen so early on in the year, but it was kind of accounted for in the budget, so we are prepared. And at this time we really are not sure exactly what is going to happen here, whether we are going to have to get a new car or this one could be repaired. Hopefully next week or the week after I will be able to fill you in a bit more.

Q: If you do have to get a new one, where would you go?

Urlin: They are actually imported from Dallara out of Italy and they come into Indianapolis, and we pick it up there in Indianapolis, which is not really a big deal because we have to go down to get our car fixed and track test it everything in Indianapolis anyway.

Q: You know you have a long break now before the next race, and the next race is going to be kind of the highlight of your life up to now, isn't it? And how do you look at Indy?

Urlin: How do I look at Indy? Definitely, I am looking at it as just another one of the races of the season. If you start picking apart races and saying, "Oh, this one is better than this one" and "This one is more exciting," then that kind of eliminates your whole progressive attitude toward the season, and I think I am definitely trying to look at this whole season as one race and not split it up into 12 different things because we are out for a championship, and we are to finish every lap of the season. So basically our goal at Indy is the exact same goal at any other of the tracks we go to, and that is to finish every lap and get some nice consistent up-front finishes.

Q: Do you think some of that will change when you get there and see the crowds and all the history and everything?

Urlin: I am sure it will. I am trying not to let that happen. Obviously, it is going to be kind of nerve-racking being there with the big boys, but you know I have to do that in my career anyway and I look forward to being a part of history. The first series I got the opportunity to run with Indy and (Inaudible). I am really excited with that. I am really excited to be there, but like I said, I have to keep that nervous feeling inside and kind of use that on the racetrack and use that to do what we do best and that is get some consistent finishes and finish every lap.

Q: A couple questions that are why questions. First of all, why philosophy at university rather than business or something like that? And my second why is why the IRL? Perhaps instead of Atlantics, is it because the opportunity was there or was it because you're just so good on ovals?

Urlin: I am really, really happy with the whole IRL organization. It is such an accepting organization. I come right into this in really two races, and I already feel like I am at home when I am at the racetrack, and to me that is really exciting, and that is the type of organization I want to be around the rest of my life. Atlantics was not really an option for us. We got a deal worked out good with Budget Canada and Brian Stewart Racing, and that allowed us to do the Infiniti Pro Series. But even before we had worked out the deal with Brian, we knew that it has to be IRL. It has to be Infiniti Pro because our results in the past have always been the best on ovals, and I think that is were I can show my talent the most, and I think that is where we can get the best setups and just basically get our best results and our best finishes. So I knew it was going to be Indy, and Infiniti is right there, right in our faces, the perfect training ground to get there, and we are here and we are very, very happy with our decision that we made to be here. As for philosophy in school opposed to business, I actually started out my university education in business courses, except the only problem that there are tests every week, and there are quizzes every week, and there is homework every night, and that seems to be a problem for me when I am away racing, and I miss so much. Like when I am at the racetrack, I cannot be looking at textbooks. I have to be focusing on what we are doing at the track. So I keep school and racing separated so when I am at the racetrack I miss so much business that it is just too hard to keep up with and keep good grades, so I decided to go with philosophy. It is more essays, and maybe once every two months there is a test. But it is just more essays, and I can kind of deal with that when I am on an airplane flying back and forth, but I cannot really deal with studying so hard that I have to write a test every week, and I end up missing them and having to make makeup dates, and it is just a pain in the butt, really.

Q: And what year are you in?

Urlin: I am in my second year.

Johnson: Well, Jonathan, I want to thank you again for joining us today and congratulations on a very solid beginning to your 2003 season.

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