Q: One of the goals this year for you talking to everybody is that first win. You're pretty good at disciplining yourself not to let things play on your mind. But does that play on your mind? Let's get that first win or do you go about it methodically event to event knowing you have the resources there when it happens?
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE: That is the biggest thing. We know we're a team that's capable of winning and especially now bringing that experience of Craig on board. The working relationship that we already have. We know each other, and we're going to put our heads down and get to work.
With how hard that guy works, he's motivating me and the team to work harder than we did last year, which is saying something. I think if we do our jobs right, eventually it's going to fall our way one day.
So we're not worried on it must be done by this race or this day or anything like that, but if we do our jobs right, then hopefully that day is going to come.
Q: You were second in points at the halfway point of the championship, and over the second half of the season you started to fade a little bit. Now, some of that wasn't your fault, but looking back on that stretch, was it simple enough to say that you need to stay out of trouble to keep that from happening again, or is there something else that you need to do?
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE: I think it's easy to say you were a victim of circumstance, and that is the easy way out. At the end of the day, I believe that you make your own luck in a way, and we had some bad luck and there has to be a reason for that. Some things are 100 percent out of our control, like what happened in Detroit. But there are other things that we put ourselves to be in. Like being caught up in someone else's mess. Or just strategically or like me making mistakes, like in Iowa.
But certainly you're looking at the first half of the season in comparison to the second half, and the results flat-out weren't there. We've spent a lot of time, trust me, in the offseason looking at that and going over it event by event, and we've certainly found some weaknesses and some places that we can improve.
Yeah, luck is part of it, but like I said, you have to work hard to get good luck. And that will be our approach to this year and hopefully the rest falls into play.
Q: With the team bringing in a fourth driver, how has E.J. Viso done acclimating to the team, and what do you think he'll bring to the table for you guys?
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE: Well, certainly we haven't had a lot of time with E.J. yet. He only joined the team recently; we had the test in Sebring together which was the first time we were all together. More than anything, it was a bit of a get-to-know-you, get E.J. familiar with the way we operate Andretti Autosport, and I think that he was really surprised and impressed with just how open the team was, the sort of correspondence between the drivers not only at the track, but in the tests the days afterward and things like that.
So, it's good. He comes with a lot of experience. He's done a bunch of years in IndyCar now. He's had experience over in Europe. We know he did a quick oval lap, so I think that with him and especially Michael Cannon, the engineer that comes to work with E.J., they've worked together before, and Michael's an extremely and experienced successful engineer. So all around, it's got the potential to be a huge boost for the team.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about the partnership with GoDaddy? It seemed to be such a good fit. Can you give us a preview of what they have coming for you this season?
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE: I've said it before and I'll say it again because it still holds true, it's one of the coolest companies I've had the privilege of working with. They really get it. They really get business. They get sport. They get marketing. But they are also just a great group of people.
We've had a lot of fun in the last 12 months doing some of the things that we did and the trouble we got ourselves into. And GoDaddy being GoDaddy, there is going to be some stuff in the works this year. Can't give away too much, but we've got some more fun things planned, a lot of it based around the internet and social media, and there is a big push in Canada this year as well. So you'll definitely be seeing a lot of greetings throughout the season.
Q: You kind of share the GoDaddy sponsorship with a driver who races in another series who had a good week last week. Do you feel any added pressure to perform after Danica did such a fine performance at Daytona?
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE: Yeah, kind of hard not to. I thought starting second at the Indy 500 was a big deal, but she's kind of outdone me, so I guess we'll have to do one better this year in May!
It's great. She hit the ground running this season in Cup, and she had a great race in the 500 to finish where she did. It's exciting. It's cool to still be part of the family and have that partnership here as well.
Like I said, with the attention that she brings and the success that she's having early, I think it adds a little bit of pressure to hold up my end of the bargain inside the GoDaddy family.