Cafes do Brasil Indy 300

Fin Driver Sponsor / Owner Laps Status Led Pts
1    Scott Dixon Target   (Chip Ganassi) 200 running 47 50
2    Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com   (Andretti Autosport) 200 running 0 40
3    Tony Kanaan 7-Eleven   (Andretti Autosport) 200 running 4 35
4    Ryan Briscoe Team Penske   (Roger Penske) 200 running 7 32
5    Helio Castroneves Team Penske   (Roger Penske) 200 running 1 30
6    Vitor Meira ABC Supply Co.   (A.J. Foyt) 200 running 0 28
7    Marco Andretti Venom Energy   (Andretti Autosport) 200 running 10 26
8    Dario Franchitti Target   (Chip Ganassi) 200 running 128 27
9    Dan Wheldon National Guard   (Panther Racing) 200 running 0 22
10    Graham Rahal Quick Trim   (Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing) 199 running 0 20
11    Ryan Hunter-Reay IZOD   (Andretti Autosport) 199 running 0 19
12    Alex Lloyd Boy Scouts of America   (Dale Coyne) 199 running 0 18
13    Ed Carpenter Fuzzy’s Vodka   (Panther Racing) 199 running 0 17
14    Alex Tagliani Bowers & Wilkins   (FAZZT Race Team) 199 running 3 16
15    Bertrand Baguette RACB / Conquest Racing   (Eric Bachelart) 199 running 0 15
16    Sebastian Saavedra Sumimed Coldeportes / Conquest Racing   (Eric Bachelart) 199 running 0 14
17    Raphael Matos HP   (De Ferran-Luczo-Dragon Racing) 199 running 0 13
18    Takuma Sato Lotus   (KV Racing Technology) 199 running 0 12
19    E.J. Viso PDVSA   (KV Racing Technology) 198 running 0 12
20    Hideki Mutoh Formula Dream ./ Panasonic   (Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing) 198 running 0 12
21    Justin Wilson Z-Line Designs   (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) 198 running 0 12
22    Sarah Fisher Dollar General   (Sarah Fisher) 197 running 0 12
23    Simona de Silvestro Stargate Worlds / HVM   (Keith Wiggins) 197 running 0 12
24    Milka Duno CITGO   (Dale Coyne) 170 crash 0 12
25    Will Power Verizon   (Roger Penske) 143 crash 0 10
26    Ana Beatriz Roll Coater   (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) 42 crash 0 10
27    Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 25 gearbox 0 10

ANA BEATRIZ (No. 24 Roll Coater/DRR, 26th): “I don’t know what happened. On the restart, I couldn’t put it into gear anymore. When the green flag came, the gears started working again. As soon as I was in the first corner, I think I hit a bump and the rear snapped on me.”

ALEX LLOYD (No. 19 Boy Scouts of America, 12th, 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year): “The year 2007 was the last time I ran a full season until this year. It has been three seasons now, and that created a tough couple of years out of a car. I only ran three races in two years, so when coming back full-time at the beginning of the season, I had to knock off the rust. We had ups and downs throughout this season. It was great to get the opportunity from Dale Coyne and Boy Scouts of America for a full-time ride. We came into this year with two goals. Our first goal was to have a good run at the Indy 500, and our second goal was to get Rookie of the Year. I am so proud that we achieved that today. There were some low points in the year, but it was a great season overall. We had to get everything to blend together, and I feel that we accomplished that. There were some things in the last few races that cost us top-10 finishes, but Rookie of the Year is great for myself and the whole team.”

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 26 Team Venom Energy, seventh): “The Venom car was good tonight, but we made a wrong decision as a team and pitted during that second-to-last yellow. I almost took it upon myself to stay out; I saw Dixon high in my mirrors and knew he wasn’t going to come in. It was a replay in my head of Richmond a couple years ago; the win is right in front of you and you risk throwing it away. It’s disappointing, but we win and lose as a team.”

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 37 Team IZOD, 11th): “Good job to the No. 7 team and the No. 11 team, and Marco also had a solid day, as well. We were good in traffic but had no speed on our own. We have to go back and look at the No. 37 car this winter and gear up for next year.”

SARAH FISHER (No. 67 Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing, 22nd): “It was definitely a tough night for us out there. We struggled to find grip all night, and you need that to move around here. We tried making several changes to improve the handling of the Dollar General machine, but unfortunately those changes didn’t help enough. We’re going to dedicate a lot of time in the offseason to finding the missing piece to the puzzle, but I’m confident that we’ll get there. On another note, it was great to be ‘On Track For A Cause’ tonight to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the fight against breast cancer. I’m proud to sport pink for such a great cause.”

WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske, 25th): “It’s definitely disappointing. I really wanted to win this championship. It was at a point in the race where I felt I really had to push because Dario had led the most laps and was leading the race. I was trying to get around Hunter-Reay, and I got up a little too high and brushed the wall and bent the suspension. The Verizon team had a great season, and we have a lot to be proud of. This has been the best season of my career in motorsport, and I’ve learned so much. We’ll be coming back to win this thing next year.”

RAPHAEL MATOS (No. 2 HP de Ferran Dragon, 17th): “It was a tough run. Our strategy was playing well. We were going to try to make it in three stops and were set up well, but we needed it to go green until the end. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. We were fighting really hard all night long and it was tough to see the strategy just go away like that, but that’s racing.”

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 6 Team Penske, fourth): “That was a very wild race. We really had to drive the car a lot out there tonight. I gave it everything I had in the Team Penske car. Thanks to my guys. They gave me great stops tonight and all year long. That was a tough finish for Will. He drove his heart out tonight and all season.”

DANICA PATRICK (No. 7 Team GoDaddy.com, second): “After I crossed the line, I said it wasn’t a win, but it sure felt like one. This was a great way to end the season. We have had our high points and low points, and the Go Daddy crew pulled it together for a strong end to the year. Hopefully we can continue to improve the car to be better for next year. That was a hard charge at the end, and Tony (Kanaan) and I hope we put on a good show for the fans tonight.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Team Penske, fifth): “That was a very difficult race. I struggled in traffic all night long, yet at the end of the race I had a car that I felt was capable of a little more. There was certainly some questionable driving out there tonight. Thanks to Team Penske and my guys for a great finish to our season. I am excited about coming back and doing it all over again next year – hopefully with a better ending in the championship.”

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 02 NHR/Quick Trim, 10th): “The race was pretty good for the Quick Trim team. There was a lot of stuff going on. I really wish it would have been a little better. We raced extremely well as of late, and I’m a little disappointed because I know that we could have competed with Danica and Marco, so it’s a little frustrating to be 10th when we could have been in the top three and potentially even better. To come back and finish in the top 10 again was great, though. With Quick Trim and Newman/Haas, we’ve never finished out of the top 10, and I’m proud of that. I’m really disappointed with Hunter-Reay and I’m not normally someone who is going to say something, but I’m definitely going to talk to him. It was a racing incident from my standpoint. I drifted up toward him after Danica cut across me, and I’m not sure he understood that was what happened. But then he came down the front straight and pulled his hand off the wheel to give me a gesture and drove into the side of me and took off my front wing.”

HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 06 Formula Dream/Panasonic, 20th): “The guys did a great job overnight. The car was definitely a step forward from yesterday, but I think we still need more time to adapt my driving style to the setup. During the race, the car was getting better and better. On the last stint, in a huge pack I was struggling, but in clean air I think I had a quite good car and was able to pass a few people. It’s a shame that this is the last race of the season. If we had a test day tomorrow, I think we could learn a lot of things. The finishing position wasn’t that good or what I expected, but I think I am happy with that result because we improved the car.”

TONY KANAAN (No. 11 Team 7-Eleven, third): “I clearly didn’t see Danica on the inside that time. It was a great run. Putting on a good show was the least we could do for the fans here tonight. I have to thank my crew. We had a moment there, but when we have a good car, it makes my life a whole lot easier. It was a good weekend as a team. I’m looking forward to next year.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing, winner): “Dario’s car was strong all night. Tony Kanaan was aggressive in the first stint, so I didn’t want to get involved in that too much. We were a little loose at the start, but we were able to fix that. With so many yellows, it turned into a fuel race, and we had a few rough restarts. This was a huge night for us, but more importantly for Dario for taking another championship. A great night for the team, and it is nice to come out on top. We definitely had a rough year and a lot of missed opportunities, but everyone is very excited about the outcome of tonight.”

E.J. VISO (No. 8 PDVSA-KV Racing Technology, 19th): “My PDVSA-KV car was good tonight. It felt very good and ran with the leaders early in the race. I got confused in the pits and went early when the fuel rig was still in the car. That cost me places and laps. It is frustrating because we had a strong car. I have had a good season on the ovals, finishing a career-high third in Iowa. The KV Racing crew has worked hard all season, and unfortunately we couldn’t give them a good result tonight.”

TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 Lotus-KV Racing Technology, 18th): “It was a tough day; it really was. At the beginning of the race, we struggled with balance, but after some changes in my first stop, it felt better. But just lacked speed. It was an exciting race, running two- or three-wide, but at the end of the race, I was sandwiched between two cars and made slight contact, which dropped me back a few places. The KV Racing Technology crew was faultless in their pit stops, and I want to thank them for all their hard work this season.”

BERTRAND BAGUETTE (No. 34 RACB Conquest Racing, 15th): “Yesterday we had a problem with the weight jacker on the car. We spent many bull sessions trying to figure it out. The rear end was very nervous, and we couldn’t work on the car. I physically started the race with the car we arrived here with. It was tough at the beginning of the race. We adjusted things on the front wing to help me with the understeer, but still it was pretty difficult. I had a good car at the beginning of the stint. The first 10 laps were very, very good. But then the car was sliding up the track. It was a nightmare for me. Then we had a big problem in the pit lane. The guys sent me too early, and I took the fuel (hose) with me. We had a lot of problems. Considering, finishing 15th it is not so bad. This is the first time we really struggled on an oval. And we still finished 15th. It’s not too bad, and I hope to be another year with the team because I’m very happy and very proud of what we did this year. I feel very good about the team. Fantastic job, good crew and engineer. What we did this year with a really small budget was really incredible. Hopefully we can do the same next year.”

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 36 Sumimed Coldeportes Conquest, 16th): “Those last five laps I was trying to concentrate on a photo finish (with teammate Bertrand Baguette). Unfortunately, I used my last push-to-pass with two laps to go. I thought I had another lap. I’m very happy to pass (Raphael) Matos. I learned a lot. The best experience is not testing. You have to live it by yourself, running the complete 200 laps with everybody and all that adrenaline. This is the best practice. This race counts as hundreds of test days. Being in Miami is as close as I can get to home with so many Colombians around. I’m very thankful to Conquest Racing for giving me this opportunity. It’s very important to get miles. For me, it is my first real race. I have to thank Bryan Herta for giving me the Indy 500. It was a great experience. But this is the first time I really enjoyed it. The guys did an incredible job in the pit stops. I have to thank all my sponsors who were here and opened the doors for next year. Everything is looking good with Eric (Bachelart), a great guy. I thank him for giving me this great opportunity and starting this friendship. I hope it lasts for a long time.”

ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 77 FAZZT Race Team, 14th): “It was a pretty good race until the last restart. The boys did a good job, and the car was getting faster with each lap. All the way through the race, we were able to be competitive on restarts, and we were able to make some up some ground and were able to make it all the way up to 11th. We were pushed us up into the gray on the last restart and lost a bunch of positions. We fought back all the way through, we were side by side with Carpenter off the last corner on the last lap, but it was just a little too late. Other than that, it was a good race. We had a top-10 car and were able to drive up through the field.”

VITOR MEIRA (No. 14 ABC Supply Co. A.J. Foyt Racing, sixth): “We knew we had a good car. On the first stint, I thought, ‘Hell, this is a very, very good car.’ Good job by ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing because to go from 21st to sixth and to be there all day long. I mean, we passed a lot of people. We passed everybody. So it’s good to finish the season on an up note. Now we have six months, six months of positive thinking. Hopefully that will carry over for next year.”

DAN WHELDON (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing, ninth): “It was a little bit of a difficult night for us. Not the way we wanted to finish. We just seemed to be very, very loose as the run progressed, but the team continued to work very, very hard. It just wasn’t for us tonight.”

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