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Firestone Indy Lights: Drive Smart Buckle-Up Kentucky 100

Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Drive Smart Buckle-Up Kentucky 100

Firestone Indy Lights: Drive Smart Buckle-Up Kentucky 100

Jorge Goncalvez
October 2, 2011


THE MODERATOR: We'll get started with today's post race press conference. We're joined by Jorge Goncalvez, who finished third. This is his third podium finish of the season. He previously finished third at Milwaukee, and your best finish was second at New Hampshire.
Jorge, you continue to excel at ovals. Talk about how you've learned to adapt to this style of racing.
JORGE GONCALVEZ: I think I like the ovals. I feel pretty good on ovals. I need to work on road course. Right now I'm going to say thank you at the team. They make a really, really good job, working a lot with my engineering. We make the good setup for the race.
We got a little crash in the beginning. I lost a little position. But I do the best I can on track. The tires working really good. To the end, I have really good car. I'm just trying to catch Josef, but it's too late because the yellow is too long.
I'm very happy, this is my first podium in the Indy Lights.

Q. (Question regarding ovals.)
JORGE GONCALVEZ: Maybe. I think IndyCar and ovals, the speed, it's pretty cool for me.

Q. (No microphone.)
JORGE GONCALVEZ: Oh, yeah, a lot.

Q. (No microphone.)
JORGE GONCALVEZ: Oh, yeah, it's run more fast. They have a lot more downforce and everything. On the track, you have lots of downforce, but you have to work with the weight bar and the weight jack. A lot of things you have to work in the car. You never have the best setup. You can go past the best car on the track with the bar.

Q. Jorge, what was your view, Duarte was parked?
JORGE GONCALVEZ: I think the first crash, he really close with me. I have to go down. My new teammate Jacob, he go down to the yellow. I think because of big crash in the beginning, then I see him fight for third position with Victor Carbone. It's incredible because I'm in back. I try to pass these guys, but I don't want to crash. I have a big crash in Indy. I don't want to crash again. I want to stay without a crash.
After I pass Victor, I try to pass Duarte, but he change his line. It's still bad because I have to go really high on track. The car is loose. It's not very good on the ovals, because you have the really high speed.
THE MODERATOR: Jorge, congratulations on another great race and best of luck in Vegas.

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