Chevy Racing–IndyCar–Honda Indy Toronto 2

JULY 20, 2014

MIKE CONWAY, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING, RACE WINNER: MIKE, AFTER THE STRUGGLES THE LAST FEW RACES AND EARLIER THIS WEEKEND, HOW MUCH REDEMPTION DO YOU GET FROM THIS? “It feels so good. It was really difficult conditions in the wet and we were kind of struggling for a bit but as soon as I saw the path and a dry line, I knew it was time to come it. It was a great call and the guys were up for it. I wasn’t sure what they were going to say. It was great from there and we just kind of took off and just controlled the race. I was getting nervous there when the red flag came out but I knew with Justin behind me I knew I would be able to cover it. So it was good fun out there.”

THE GOOD CALL THAT YOU MADE AT THE END OF THE RACE, THE TEAM IS GIVING YOU ALL THE CREDIT, BUT HOW STRONG WAS THE CAR AT THE END OF THE RACE? “Yeah, it was really good. The tire temps came in really fast and that is what you need in those types of conditions. We controlled it and didn’t have to push too hard and enjoy those last few laps.”

ED CARPENTER, TEAM OWNER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: WHO GETS THE CALL ON THE TIRES, IS THAT YOU OR MIKE CONWAY? “That’s Mike. He was out there on the track and he said he was ready for drys. We probably thought it was a little early so this one is definitely all him and he did a great job.”

WERE YOU WORRIED WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT THAT THIS MIGHT GIVE THE GUYS BEHIND YOU A SHOT? “I can’t say that I liked it. It definitely worked for us today but the question is, how many times are you going to go red? We don’t seem to know what is going on a lot. It’s a great day, Mike did a great job, and great day for Fuzzy’s. Three wins for the team now and I challenged Mike this morning. I told him that I was ahead of him in points and that he had run more races. So he just put a hurting on me there.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 10 TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 2nd: “We chose at the beginning of the race to run a rain set-up because we knew the rain was coming. So on the last restart I knew that I was a little bit of a sitting duck. I have to thank Target and Chevy. I think it was 1-2-3 for Chevy again, I am not sure who finished third. Its been a great weekend and I made a really bad mistake and I got too excited at the start of the race. One of my typical starts, I made a mistake and I had to catch up. I didn’t want to come back and look at Chip and I hate when I make mistakes. So we made it up, the team did a great job on the stops and I just got too excited on the start and got sideways. I don’t know if the 24 bumped me a little bit, I don’t know, but it was a hell of a race and good week with a third and a second. We are getting closer and closer.”

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 3rd: “Tony was very good on the half-wet track and I just wasn’t willing after yesterday to take a big risk and get caught out again. So I still had to battle hard with Charlie all over me. It was a good day for the No. 12 Verizon Chevy team, typical IndyCar race where they throw everything at you. You just have to survive, and that is what we did.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 83 LEVEMIR FLEXTOUCH CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 4TH: “When it really mattered there at the end, the No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet was quick. I have to give a huge amount of credit to the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew – they just always seem to get it right with the strategy. It was really nice to see a couple of Chip Ganassi cars up there in front and at one point it looked even better when we were all running third-sixth. It was tough conditions with the rain and concrete patches on the track, but we were able to push through all of the elements and make some passes at the right times. I’ll take the fourth place, especially heading into Mid-Ohio.”

QUOTE FROM RACE ONE: Race 1: “I’m pretty happy with the how the first race here in Toronto went. We were able to pick our way through from the 20th position up to seventh and hit the fuel mileage we needed to. We were also able to make some really good on-track passes. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing guys were just awesome on the pit stops and we were able to make up a lot of time with those. In the break we’ll make the No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet a little bit better and hopefully get another good result in the second race.”

SCOTT DIXON, NO. 9 TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 7TH: “It wasn’t the result we had hoped for but we were in a good position most of the day. The Target cars were fast and we were running three-four there behind the Penske cars and it was shaping up to be a showdown. We got caught up in the wreck at the end which dropped us back, but we kept the car running so it could have been much worse I guess.”
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 11 TEAM HYDROXYCUT KVSH RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 9TH: “It was a great weekend for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing team. It was just a shame the way it ended with the Sato incident, which cost us a top-five finish in the second race. Regardless, we sat on the pole and we won a race. The Hydroxycut guys did a great job preparing the car and in the pits the whole weekend. Finally all the expectations, hard work and pace we have had for most of the season ended with good results. Those positives are what we should keep in mind. Obviously, we have to keep working, keep digging, keep finding speed. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of a long success story.”
RYAN BRISCOE, NO. 8 NTT DATA CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 11TH: “It was another disappointing finish for the No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet. We were running so well all race and then that last incident just completely took us out of it. We did some major damage to the right rear bumper and the front wing and just couldn’t make up all of those positions that we lost. We’ll keep looking forward and hopefully our test next week at Mid-Ohio will help us in a few weekends when we race there.”

QUOTE FROM RACE ONE: “I thought we had a really good race and made some nice passes there at the end to get up to 12th. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get to start from my qualifying position after my spin yesterday with the poor track conditions because I think we definitely could’ve placed much higher. I’m feeling good heading into this second race and hopefully we can have an even better result this afternoon.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 PPG AUTOMOTIVE FINISH TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 12TH: “When the race started in the dry the PPG Chevy was on rails. Roger (Penske, team strategist) made a great call when the rain started to come in to switch to wet tires. We were still good in the wet, but we made a small mistake and that gave Will all he needed to make the pass. We were able to stay right behind him until it dried out enough to switch back to slicks, but by that time we were already on a bit of a different strategy than some other guys. When we were back in the pack we just got caught up in someone’s mistake and that damaged the front wing pretty severely. After that it was a handful and had a big understeer. But we leave with a little larger lead in the points and that is something to be proud of after a crazy weekend with the weather.”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 2 HAWK TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 19TH: “We stayed out on the reds (tires) and it was the wrong call. We just went from bad to worse. Starting in the back in such short races makes it almost impossible to get anything! In the second race it was really good. I told them the lap before I think we needed wets, but we didn’t come in. It felt okay, and started braking okay, then when I got to the concrete, it just went straight. It was really wet by then and they couldn’t turn either.”

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA, NO. 17 AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLERS KV AFS RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21ST: “It wasn’t a very positive weekend for us. We were unable to really find the pace in qualifying yesterday and then in Race 2 this afternoon we had some kind of mechanical issue that prevented me from really racing. Unfortunately this situation ended our race later on. We will move forward from this and keep the team’s spirits positive. We still have some important races ahead where we can get good results and points towards the championship.”