Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Fin Driver Sponsor / Owner Laps Status Led Pts
1    Helio Castroneves Team Penske   (Roger Penske) 90 running 20 50
2    Scott Dixon Target   (Chip Ganassi) 90 running 0 40
3    Dario Franchitti Suave   (Chip Ganassi) 90 running 0 35
4    Will Power Verizon   (Roger Penske) 90 running 12 33
5    Marco Andretti Venom Energy   (Andretti Autosport) 90 running 58 32
6    Ryan Briscoe Team Penske   (Roger Penske) 90 running 0 28
7    Justin Wilson Charter Communications   (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) 90 running 0 26
8    Tony Kanaan 7-Eleven   (Andretti Autosport) 90 running 0 24
9    Mike Conway Charter Communications   (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) 90 running 0 22
10    Alex Tagliani La Capsule Sportive   (FAZZT Race Team) 90 running 0 20
11    Dan Wheldon National Guard   (Panther Racing) 90 running 0 19
12    Ryan Hunter-Reay IZOD   (Andretti Autosport) 90 running 0 18
13    Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 90 running 0 17
14    Raphael Matos HP   (De Ferran-Luczo-Dragon Racing) 89 running 0 16
15    Hideki Mutoh Formula Dream / Panasonic   (Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing) 89 running 0 15
16    E.J. Viso PDVSA / Jet Aviation   (KV Racing Technology) 89 running 0 14
17    Graham Rahal Dollar General   (Sarah Fisher) 89 running 0 13
18    Vitor Meira ABC Supply Co.   (A.J. Foyt) 89 running 0 12
19    Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com   (Andretti Autosport) 89 running 0 12
20    Bertrand Baguette Conquest Racing / RACB   (Eric Bachelart) 89 running 0 12
21    Simona de Silvestro Stargate Worlds   (Keith Wiggins) 89 running 0 12
22    Mario Romancini Conquest Racing   (Eric Bachelart) 89 running 0 12
23    Alex Lloyd Boy Scouts of America   (Dale Coyne) 89 running 0 12
24    Milka Duno CITGO   (Dale Coyne) 86 running 0 12
25    Takuma Sato Lotus   (KV Racing Technology) 68 running 0 10

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, finished second): “It was a good day for Team Target all in all with both cars in the top three. We could have been better off if we would have got around Helio. It was hard to have the team telling me to save fuel and try to manage the fuel gauge, but still push. I feel that the officials made a poor call when they said that I passed Helio at the start/finish line. I got back behind him and he went around the outside at Turn 1. This track is all about track position. It was great weekend for the team. We didn’t have the fastest cars, but we made use of what we had. Standing at the podium in second and third is pretty impressive. We are looking forward to Long Beach.”

DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Suave, finished third): “The Target team was working hard on the fuel strategy today. Will Power and I were side by side at the end there, but with so many lap cars in between us, it was really hard to fight for the positions. I am pleased to be on the podium and sit second in points after starting in seventh today. It was great to see all the fans. The atmosphere here was incredible and I am looking forward to returning to this track in the future.

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske finished fourth): “It is great having Helio win which makes it three wins to start the season for Team Penske. In the strategy meeting before the race we talked about it and we knew that a caution in the early part of the race would not be to our favor. We made the best of it though. The No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car was fast today. The guys did a great job in the pits. We are still in the points lead heading into Long Beach. I think we are going to be strong there.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy, finished fifth): “We have to be happy to put the Venom car into the top five, especially after our finishes on road courses last year.  I think maybe we could have stretched out each of our stints a bit longer and gained on fuel one lap at a time. Helio (Castroneves) just went longer than us each time and that was the difference at the end. He was able to go that much farther and we fell short. Now we just have to keep marching forward. The four of us are working together to keep improving our race cars; we’re still a bit off pace. Overall I think this shows we’re on the right track.”

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske, finished sixth):“I am pretty happy with a top-six today in the Team Penske car. We made some key passes there at the end getting past Wilson, Kanaan and Conway. The guys did great in the pits and Roger (Penske) called a great race. We were really in great shape until the last yellow came out since a few guys in front of us were going to have to pit. If it was not for that yellow we would have been on the podium.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven, finished eighth): “It was a long day for us. I think we had the right strategy, but we just didn’t have the kind of speed that we needed to push those guys up front. It’s tough, but we have to keep working and get ready for Long Beach.”

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 77 FAZZT Race Team, finished 10th): “We made up 11 spots so I take my hat off to the team. They did a good job. We stuck together all weekend and we made some ground and learned a lot. Until the very end of the weekend, we improved the car and I’m very proud of the boys. Even on a tough weekend, we did another top-10 so I’m very happy and very proud of our team. I’m very proud to be wearing the new colors of LaCapsule Sportive/Adonis Products and I want to remind everyone that this is the beginning of our new clothing line in LaCapsule Sportive so keep an eye on it as it is coming soon.”

DAN WHELDON (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing, finished 11th): “It was a relatively good result; obviously this is a difficult track to overtake on, so that made it somewhat difficult. But overall today the National Guard guys did a really good job in the pits. I thought the team did a good job with the No. 4 car as well. It was a difficult race, especially to overtake, because even when you’d catch somebody that was slower it was still difficult to get past them. All and all it’s a good result and we’re looking forward to moving on to Long Beach.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 37 Team IZOD, finished 12th): “We just really didn’t have a good day, no matter how you look at it. We had a couple good pit stops and I made a couple passes on track, but strategy and track position were everything and we just didn’t have it today. It’s frustrating. That’s about all I can say.”

MARIO MORAES (No. 32 KV Racing Technology, finished 13th): “Overall it was a good race.  Unfortunately, we lost some positions early in the race when my teammate (E. J. Viso) accidentally stopped in my pit box during the first round of pit stops.  Because it is so hard to overtake on this track I could not make up those positions.  The car was good.  It was solid and I was able to run good lap times.  It is a shame for the team.  They worked hard this weekend to give me a good car and I think we deserved a better finish.”

RAPHAEL MATOS(No. 2 HP Luczo Dragon, finished 14th): “It was a fuel-mileage race for us today. The strategy we decided to take didn’t work 100% the way we planned with the yellows.  That last yellow flag really didn’t help us.  Because we were working on fuel strategy, I couldn’t really push all day.  But, in the end, we gained four spots.  We just have to keep working for the next two road courses.”

HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic, finished 15th): “It was a very, very tough race for the Formula Dream / Panasonic team. The outcome of the race was all based on qualifying. The strategy didn’t work out to get us to the front. The car was very good and the guys did a fantastic job in the pits and gained me two spots one time but I made a mistake in the chicane and went wide and lost a couple of positions there later. I was a lap down to Dixon and Helio at the end but I was able to stay with them. If we had a good qualifying and a good race today I think we could have had a much stronger finish. The good thing is that we know we have the speed and we will stay focused to have a good weekend in Long Beach.”

E.J. VISO (No. 5 PDVSA-Jet Aviation-KV Racing Technology, finished 16th): “It was a disappointing day for our team.  It is very difficult to pass here and you had to be patient.  I made a mistake on my first pit stop when I stopped at Mario’s (Moraes) pit instead of mine.  I am very sorry to my crew for that.  It was a tough weekend for us in the chassis setup.  The car was not the same as it was at the test (in Feb.).  We had a fast car back there.  The track conditions were much different with the heat.  We were able to improve the car in qualifying, but it still was not as good as it was at the test.  I have been fast at Long Beach in the past and so has the KV Racing team.  So I am very anxious to get there and perform well next weekend.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 67 Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing, finished 17th): “It was a pretty challenging day overall. I got a clean start, just trying to stay out of trouble and work on strategy. We had a really bad first pit-stop and just never recovered from that. That kind of put us at the back of the field, and at the end we really struggled with tires. The front tires were just gone and I couldn’t get the car to rotate at all, and I just got blown by, by a bunch of cars and couldn’t hang on. We need to try to find a way to make the car a little more consistent as we go towards Long Beach. We’re certainly working hard; there’s no lack of effort, but I just can’t understand why it’s not coming together for us.”

VITOR MEIRA (No. 14 ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing): “Overall, this weekend wasn’t what we thought it would be, we thought it’d be better. It’s definitely the worst weekend of the year. That last caution didn’t help because we didn’t have to stop again and some people would have. But we’ll go back to the shop and review everything. We’ll head to Long Beach and try to gain some points back.”

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Team GoDaddy.com, finished 19th): “It was a very difficult race and a very challenging day. I wish we had more to show for all the hard work this weekend, but we just didn’t have it today. I’m glad we can get right back to it this week and put this behind us.”

BERTRAND BAGUETTE (No. 36 Conquest Racing RACB, finished 20th): “I am quite happy with the race today, especially with the pace, after the tough weekend we had been experiencing. Now we just need to work on our pit stops. We lost quite a lot of time there which was partly my mistake because I came in the pits a lap too early when the crew wasn’t ready. We are still developing as a team and getting to know each other, but I think we did some good things on the set up today and we are moving in the right direction.” 

MARIO ROMANCINI (No. 34 Conquest Racing, finished 22nd): “After the first stop we were looking really good. I was running 13th so I think the strategy was working well. We improved the set up of the car a lot after this morning’s practice, but unfortunately we had a broken front wing forcing me to stop one more time which made a huge difference to my race.   Now we are looking ahead to next weekend’s race in Long Beach knowing that when we find a good setup for the car we will have the right pace.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 Lotus-KV Racing Technology, finished 25th): “It’s motor racing and things happen but I had a good start and a exciting battle with TK (Tony Kanaan) in the early portion of the race through turns 2, 3, 4 and 5.  That was fun.  Then we had a throttle part failure and we had to stop.   The crew did a good job replacing the part and I was able to rejoin the race.  I was racing with many different people today and despite being down quite a number of laps, it was good experience to run to the end.”

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