Chevy Racing–IndyCar Finale

Team Chevy driver quotes following the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, the season finale for the IndyCar Series:
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, RACE WINNER: WE TALKED ABOUT A WIN HERE EXORCISING SOME DEMONS AND YOU GOT IT DONE “It’s the most satisfying win of my life.  That is the most satisfying thing I have ever done and I have wanted to do it so badly all year and I knew in the early ovals I was conservative and I just wanted to finish every lap and this time I was just going for it.  It’s funny at the end that Ed and I were battling for it because I read a column where he said that Will Power did what everyone expected at this race last year.   And I thought that I wanted to beat that guy.  I respect him, but that comment disappointed me and it gave me a lot of motivation.”
HOW MUCH MOTIVATION DID IT TAKE WHEN YOU HAD A VISOR THAT YOU COULDN’T SEE THROUGH? “I knew we had a very quick car and I didn’t care.  I just said, ‘let’s fix this and we can win this’, and this is the most satisfying win and so stoked to win this for Verizon and this is a great way to end the season.”
ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S PREMIUM VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 2ND:  “We were trying.  We just ran out of laps and we were a little trimmed out for that last run and Will (Power) was fast and he got away from us on that last run.  Tony and I raced for a few laps there and then I just couldn’t catch him.”
TONY KANAAN, NO. 11 HYDROXYCUT KV RACING TECHNOLOGY – SH RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 3RD: AND IT LOOKED LIKE ED WAS TRYING TO KEEP YOU FROM HIS SPONSOR’S BONUS THERE AT THE END OF $250K : “Of course somebody came over the radio and said, ‘please don’t let TK win this one’, but I am happy but I am happy the way it ended up.  I didn’t have anything for Will (Power) and we had a pretty eventful race so I just want to say hello to Dario at home and he asked me to finish on the podium and Dixon to win the championship so you got your wish and we are going to ask for you to come back.”
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, NO. 27 GODADDY ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, FINISHED 4TH: ON HIS RACE: “Man, what a race – 500 miles makes for a long evening. We had pretty much everything possible happen to happen to us. We got into Will (Power) on that restart, and he must have had a problem; he just didn’t accelerate. Unfortunately it did our wing in and we were sitting in a good position at that point. After (earlier) a stop put us two laps down, the team just fought so hard to get those laps back. To find ourselves back on the lead lap near the end there… it was just awesome. The car was great when it needed to be; not as good in traffic maybe as much as we needed, but we were up near the front and it was awesome. Our car died in pit lane, we got into it with (Sebastien) Bourdais on track – I mean, it was literally everything that could go wrong. Unfortunately, at the end, we had the temperatures skyrocket in the engine and we were losing some power. We probably had something for second and third, but I’m just happy to end this season on a high. The whole GoDaddy team fought so hard tonight and I’m really proud of that, and I’m really proud of the entire GoDaddy team. It’s a great way to end the season, a great way to end the relationships with GoDaddy and Chevy and to be able to bring them a strong finish, something they can be happy to remember. A big thanks to the whole team, GoDaddy and Chevy for an awesome year. I love the momentum we’ve got going into the offseason, and we’re just going to try and hit the ground running in 2014.”
HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 AUTO CLUB TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 6TH: ON THE RACE AND CHAMPIONSHIP: “I am so proud of the boys and Team Penske did a hell of a job, and I am so honored to be a part of this organization.   That is the good news and we have 2014, which is next year.   We fought hard and definitely pushed as hard as we could this last race and I had tons of fun out there.  But again, I want to thank the guy that cleans the floor at the shop to Roger (Penske) and everyone else and all the partners because without this combination working together we wouldn’t be able to be where we are.  So proud of Team Penske and so honored to be around next year, and congrats obviously Ganassi and Scott.  They fought hard, and did a great job, and unfortunately for us there was one weekend that went bad for us and cost us the championship.   Yeah, five hundred miles was amazing because, wow, nobody was running at the end and it was calm.  There was nothing calm about that.  But as I said, the team did a great job and it’s a shame we got in contact with the 83 and I knew he wasn’t giving an inch and it was a little bit of a hard-fought evening with Tagliani but hey, coming into this weekend I knew that we were going to fight hard and I knew that they knew that and again, I hope the fans had a great time.   I had a great time and thanks to NBC, thanks to the partners, we will see you again next year,  and hopefully we will make it happen.”
MARCO ANDRETTI, NO. 25 DR PEPPER ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, FINISHED 7TH: ON HIS RACE: “It’s just frustrating because I feel like we have had the car a (races this season) to win, but we just have to watch the lead slip away from us every time. It’s a frustrating way end the season, but I guess it’s on to next year, and I’m more determined than ever to win a championship.”
SIMONA DE SILVESTRO, NO. 78 NUCLEAR ENTERGY/AREVA KV RACING TECHNOLOGY – SH RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 8TH: ON HER RACE: “I’m pretty happy with our eight place finish. I hope Justin is okay. I looked over and he seemed to be moving so I hope he’s doing okay. We kind of got tangled in the accident and had nowhere to go and spun out. Luckily I managed to not damage the car that much; I think some of the tow-links were a little bit bent so it felt a little bit funny. But, we stayed out there and people kept falling off. I’m pretty happy, but I think it was one of the longest races I’ve ever done.  Big thanks to the team. I feel like in the last few races we’ve really worked in the right direction and that was a lot of fun. I also want to thank my Nuclear Clean Air Energy sponsors Entergy and AREVA for all their support. I’m really happy that we were able to finish the season on such a strong note.”
RYAN HUNTER-REAY, NO. 1 DHL ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, FINISHED 9TH: “I think the DHL car could have won tonight; we led that whole first stint so it’s just really disappointing. We were running second when we had to come in for a flat tire, and then the overheating issues really are what ended the day for us. We came into the season determined to defend the No. 1, but had a lot of bad luck so it just didn’t play out. We’ll work hard this winter, come back next year and fight to earn the championship back. I want to thank everyone at DHL, Sun Drop, Chevy and the entire team for all their hard work and support this year. It was an honor for me to represent IndyCar as their champion this last season and it wouldn’t have been possible without so many great people standing behind me.”
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 7 MCAFEE DRAGON RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 12TH: ON HIS RACE: “We had an awesome night.  We were really fast. We were struggling really for the last 10 laps of the stint.  We were getting bottled up in traffic so I was really trying to get in the lead and get some fresh air, clear air.  I knew if we had any chance finishing well I was going to come through that. I guess were just not quite fast enough to clear these guys. I wanted to keep my tires so I started to run up there when I started to fight with Charlie (Kimball).  I had been running the bottom to get back there so I had used up my tires quite a bit. But the story of the night was strong runs.”
AY? “Yeah, I am one-hundred percent.”
TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED HERE, YOU WERE JUST AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER HERE: “Yeah, I was just behind Justin and I saw him getting loose and for a second I didn’t know whether to go high or low and I ended up going high which was good because I was going to miss him but just to my left Joseph was going to miss Justin but collected me but it was just one of those things.  We are all fighting for some little real estate and what are you going to do.  Joseph was just trying obviously to not t-bone Justin and  anybody he could.   Unfortunately we had a good car for the end of the race and we couldn’t show it.”
CARLOS MUNOZ, NO. 5 TEAM VENEZUELA PDVSA CITGO CHEVROLET, FINISHED 23rd:  I think I was doing a good job during the race although during practice I wasn’t feeling all that comfortable. But ever since we started tonight’s race, from the first lap, it was like my mind shifted – feeling really comfortable, the car was great, great first run and pitstops, great restart… in the end I just lost the car. It snappend, and I couldn’t do anything. It was my first crash on an oval, but there’s always going to be a first time. I feel really bad for the team. Obviously my plan was to finish the race, but we couldn’t do it. I’m happy with my performance up until the crash, and I’m just looking forward to next year.”