95th Indianapolis 500 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
NOTES AND QUOTES - Sunday, May 29, 2011
CDW TELEMUNDO DRIVER SERVIA LED THE INDY 500 AND FINISHED SIXTH; SPROTT DRIVER HINCHCLIFFE RETIRED IN 29TH AFTER CONTACT
Oriol Servia, No. 2 CDW Telemundo Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Fifth is almost the lowest we were on the scoreboard the whole race but it was a great effort. We were up there; we showed we may have something for these guys. This is the Indy 500, it's the Centennial and when you smell victory you really, really want it and nothing else satisfies you. We showed the CDW Telemundo car had the speed. I thought there was going to be a last restart and with the downforce we had, I knew we would have something for those guys and we did. We'll go for the win in Milwaukee now. It felt awesome when I took the lead but it felt incredibly amazing when I pulled away and I was there 20 laps. It showed me that we had what it took. It's great to lead, but at the end if you think you don't have a shot but it just feels good to tell your grandson one day that you lead the 500, fine. But what really feels good is when you say 'Wait a second, we really do have a real shot at winning this depending on how this thing goes.' I felt at one point we were stronger than the other cars because we had more downforce and everybody else was sliding and we were not. So I thought 'Wait a second, we could still win this.' I can only imagine what it is to lead the last lap."
FAST FACTS: Was his third Indy 500 and first with NHR. He started third, led 17 laps and finished sixth...Ran as high as eighth and finished 11th in 2008 with KV Racing after he qualified 25th. Was running 10th in the 2009 race with Rahal Letterman Racing when a fuel pressure problem forced him to retire after 98/200 laps. Qualified 25th and retired in 26th. First came to NHR as the replacement driver for Junqueira who suffered a season-ending injury in the 2005 Indy 500...Previous race on an oval was 2009 Motegi event for NHR where he finished fourth...Servia tested with the team in Sebring for two days in December 2010. Prior to that his previous time behind the wheel of an Indy car was also with NHR at the 2009 race in Japan where he finished fourth. He also tested in the open test at Barber Motorsports Park in March where he was fifth fastest...Servia, a native of Catalonia, Spain, has made 18 starts for NHR which include his first Indy car win (Montreal 2005) and pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005) as well as a total of seven top-three, 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. In 2005, Servia replaced NHR driver Bruno Junqueira, who suffered a season-ending injury at the Indy 500 on May 29, and then went on to finish second to teammate Sebastien Bourdais in the point standings after 11/13 events with the team. Servia returned to NHR in 2009 for four races with a season-best finish of fourth at Twin Ring Motegi... Is THIRD in series point standings with 150 and is the ONLY driver to finish in the top-10 in each race so far.
James Hinchcliffe, No. 06 Sprott Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was a disappointing day. A disappointing end for the Sprott car because we rebounded pretty well. At that point we were driving on borrowed time after what happened with Viso and I forget who else it was on that restart. He got into us, we got hit and had to come in and save the car from going into the wall on that one. I'm not quite sure how we managed that so we were sort of driving on borrowed time. We were just trying to be a bit conservative. We got lucky on a yellow and got in around the top 10. We were just about to pit; the tires were just starting to go off. Bertrand got a good run on me and I was really just trying to let him go. I backed off early and was giving him the corner but unfortunately got a little bit in the grey. With how worn the tires were, at that stage of the stint I was just a passenger."
FAST FACTS: The Indy 500 marked his first time to compete on an oval in an Indy car. He will start 13th...Earned a season-high start of eighth place in his debut at Barber and a season-high finish of fourth in Long Beach to date...He tested with NHR for two days at Sebring in December and another two days in January before testing at Barber Motorsports Park March 14-15 where he set the seventh fastest time overall at the test as well as temporarily held the fastest time on Tuesday...Toronto native Hinchcliffe, 24, finished second in the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season standings after three wins and four poles. In total he earned eight podium finishes in 13 races... He is 18th in point standings with a total of 80 points and is 43 points behind Rookie of the Year leader Hildebrand (123) after four of five events so far this season.