Q. You had an issue on pit road. If you could talk about what happened there, and then your strategy, you seemed to stay out longer. Were you hoping for a yellow? And then when whatever happened, did you think that the opportunity was gone, that the race was gone?
JUSTIN WILSON: Yeah, that first stop was interesting. I think I'd worn the tires out and we were coming down into the pit box, and I saw Simon lock up and start hitting tires, and his front outside tire changer starting to backstep into pit lane so he didn't get run over, and that kind of closed off the entry into my box. I had to stop short and it cost us a lot of time, went close to the back. Just knew we had to stay calm. It was a long race and anything could happen.
Like you said, middle of the race we stayed out longer, we were getting good mileage, just trying to manage the whole race and the whole situation, trying not to burn too much fuel.
I had one driver enter low on the inside of me, I gave him room and then he just drove me up to the wall, so I wasn't too impressed with him. But that's racing at this type of track. People are going to lose their temper and do things you wish they didn't.
Q. Dale, you've been at this for 25 years. At any point have you said, "This is silly, I'm having trouble," and now all of a sudden you get back together, you put the team back, it seems to gel. Does this make you say, "I'm good for another 10 years?"
DALE COYNE: I was probably good for 10 years anyway, but this probably means 20 or 30. No, I think we both had talked a lot about it, that when we parted at the end of 2009 and we both kicked ourselves and wondered why we did that, and it takes a lot of things to make a team gel.
I can't say enough about our engineering staff. We didn't test here. Just about everybody else has come here and tested sometime with this new car. We never tested here. We came here to run race setups every session. We ran race setups in qualifying because we had to learn how to make that car last the whole session, the whole stint, and I think that's what paid off. I think we just used our heads on the engineering side for what little time we had here, and obviously it paid off great tonight.
Q. Justin, over the course of the weekend, how tough was it for you as a driver just to kind of rethink the past, what you've had to do at Texas to get around here and perform well and just having to adapt to this new style of racing here? Just how tough was that as the weekend progressed?
JUSTIN WILSON: Well, obviously this car is very different. It goes back to earlier, how a lot of drivers were nervous just because they didn't know what was going to happen and how it was going to race. You've got to change the driving style. This car reacts different. It's a little bit more of a handful – which I think is good because it makes the racing more interesting. We just kept working on it, kept trying to make the car better, trying to control what was happening, whether it was the entry, the middle or the exit. And try not to get too distracted about where we stack up and where everyone else is and how fast they're going and how do we get there. We just said, "OK, this is going to be a long race, how do we manage our race the best we can?" At times I was thinking how do we stay on the lead lap?
As good as the Firestone tires are, you can't get any tire to last in a four‑wheel drift at 215 miles an hour at Texas. It's going to wear anything out. So we knew about two thirds of the way through the stint people would start to drop off, and we wanted to make sure that wasn't us.
Q. Justin, it's a generalization that the European drivers need to get used to ovals. Is oval racing an acquired taste? Do you have to learn to enjoy it?
JUSTIN WILSON: Well, I think you enjoy anything you're doing well at, so when you're not winning you think, "Oh, why are we doing this?" and then when you start doing better at it, you start to enjoy it more. We had some good races. We didn't get the finish.
I definitely think that oval racing is part of IndyCar, and for me, that's what differentiates IndyCar to every other open-wheel series around the world. It's what makes it special, and that's why I want to race here.
I think as a driver, you want to be the best. You want to master every time of discipline that you're faced in that series. We go to Indianapolis, which is fantastic, we go to road circuits, we have got street circuits, short ovals, and then here in Texas. I think it's a lot of fun knowing that you can master that.
As a series champion, you have to do it consistently throughout the year, and I think that's what makes the series champion pretty special.