Q. Ryan, after Barber you talked about how big a hole you were in. Just how badly did you need this today?
RYAN BRISCOE: "Yeah, real bad. I mean, points, confidence, you know, the team, everybody. It means a lot. We've been performing well, and I really think the 6 car in general from myself, my engineer, everybody, we're really motivated this year. I think we've picked up the game. We're stronger as a team, and it's just been real heartbreak not to get the results in the first few races because we've been up in the front and we've been strong.
"So coming here, you know, we didn't qualify very well. To get this result means a lot more than just points. I think it's just going to strengthen us as a team moving forward."
Q. You had kind of gapped when you got out in front, you put a little bit of space between you and the others, but when Conway got by you later on, was he just that much better or had your car changed from the earlier point in time?
DARIO FRANCHITTI: "Well, I think when I'd really gapped the field, I was on soft tires, they were on hard tires, so that was the real difference. We started on hard tires, whereas everybody else in front of me had started on the soft, so I had that advantage in the second stint. For me it was going to be important to gap because I didn't have as much fuel in the car, and I was going to have to pit at least two laps before Hunter‑Reay and Power, who were behind me. So I knew that with the slow out‑lap before they were going to have to make their out‑lap I was going to have to make a gap. I think we got it up a bit over four seconds or so, and it was just enough. Both of them, I came down the straight and they were both braking to come out of the pits and come out in front of me, so we just got in front of them, and that was key. At the end of the race, Conway had a fast car. Again, I think it was just a case of having cleaned the tires.
"Just one other thing: The crowd was amazing, just want to say that. On the parade laps they were so enthusiastic. There was a massive crowd, has been all weekend, and then on that truck right after the finish the enthusiasm and just the number of people, it was good to see. It's been a long time since I've seen that kind of vibe at Long Beach, and it was cool."
Q. For Michael, talk about how quickly your emotions changed from when Ryan had his issue and then all of a sudden you look up and there's Mike in the lead?
MICHAEL ANDRETTI: "It was crazy and I've got to admit, unexpected. It's so difficult to pass here, so I was really happy to see Mike up in the top six, and I thought, 'That's not bad considering what he had to go through,' and at that point we were feeling good about where Ryan was and then all of a sudden Ryan has this problem and I felt really bad for him and the whole DHL Sun Drop team, and I was like, 'Oh, man, this is over.' And then all of a sudden everybody starts cheering, and I'm like, 'What are they cheering about?' and Mike is like, boom, going past Dario, and next thing you know he's past Briscoe. Unbelievable. And then he just walked it. I was so happy and proud.
"But like you say, mixed emotions. That's the only downside about it when you have a four‑car team, that not everybody is going to be happy leaving here. I feel bad for the other three, but so excited for Mike, and I know what he's gone through and how hard it's been, and to come here and do it that way was – it wasn't given to him. He had to fight back hard, and it just shows he doesn't give up, and that's what he did. He drove like a champion today.
Q. Mike, you made it sound like it was an easy drive today. Did you have any difficulties at all during the race?
MIKE CONWAY: "Yeah, maybe I'm making it sound too easy! No, it was not
an easy day. I mean, at the beginning it was just kind of controlling it, the gap between me and Ryan and Will and saving fuel, and from there, once we dropped back in the pack, it was a fight, really, a fight to stay where we were and to try and move forward on the restarts and to keep us in the game. Restarts worked out for us, the strategy worked well, and yeah, the car was just on fire, really, at the end. We were just able to push by the guys and make some good moves, and before I knew it I was in the lead and went for kind of a few laps. Yeah, just a great job from the guys made my day that little bit easier, I suppose."