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2014 CHEVROLET DETROIT BELLE ISLE GRAND PRIX :: Verizon IndyCar Series Race

 

THE STREETS OF BELLE ISLE

Saturday, May 31 - Sunday, June 1, 2014 on ABC

 

Post-Race Quotes from the Chevrolet Indy Dual Race 2 Press Conference

 
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Helio Castroneves with his trophy at the post-race press conference

 

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DETROIT, Mich. – Helio Castroneves won the second IndyCar Race in Detroit Sunday evening. This marks the third victory at Belle Isle for the driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.

"During race one, we had the car, we had the strategy but we didn't do it," Castroneves said. "Today, we pushed as hard as we could. It was perfect, winning is what we wanted to do." How important was having your team on the fence with you? "It was a very touched moment. It was great to see them there and it was great to win." In the second and third pit stops, was it just cold tires and did anybody tell you to speed up? "I was opening the gap at 13 seconds, then 12 seconds and then dropped down to 9 seconds. I was just taking it easy." Is this the most satisfying victory in Detroit? "I know how important Detroit is and Chevy is. For me, having a lot of friends here, especially with Roger (Penske), it is just special. It's the best team you can have. This is the jewel of Detroit and the weather was perfect. It's a very special day for me." Great victory, can it be a start of something big? "I am confident with my team, we improved quite a lot. We are ready and looking forward to Texas." Do you think this is the best part of Helio's career? "I am becoming wiser because I am older. Everything is clicking in the right way." Are you a better fence climber now? "Yes, now I take my time and I'm not out of breath. Yes I'm a better fence climber today."

Will Power #12 finished second place. "If you look at points, it's a good points day. In the second or third pit stop, did you know what's going on? "I did not know what's going on. I have so much faith in my engineer. They always put me in a good position. It's a very solid team." What does kit mean to get Roger Penske two wins, back to back? "I've never seen someone so enthusiastic about racing. Roger is a team racer." How happy are you to see Helio with a victory? "He was on fire on the first lap."

Charlie Kimball #83 finished third place. "Qualifying didn't go our way. I didn't expect to be on the podium. Our strategist was able to roll the dice. When you got clean air, go hard. So we were able to get good mileage." What goes through your mind at late race? "If this goes wrong, the boss is gonna call." (Everyone laughed) "To be successful, we knew we had a fighting race. However it works, it works. Double headers are tough physically. Mentally it was harder. I didn't know if my times were good."

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3rd Place Finisher Charlie Kimball

 

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2nd Place Finisher Will Power

 

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Castroneves addressing the media after his victory in race two of the Detroit Grand Prix.

 


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