Q: Scott, how does this fifth victory in the 24 Hours rate or rank against your other victories here or any other significant accomplishments in your career?
SCOTT PRUETT: You know, they're all great. With the five championships that we've won and now the five overall wins here at the Rolex 24, five-for-five is nice. But they're all different, but they are all as sweet. I mean, winning a championship is different than winning this race. Winning this race the first time is different than winning it the second time. Every event that I've come here is significantly different. Sometimes you're faced with rain and sometimes you're faced with incredibly hot temperatures, and sometimes you're faced with a car that is certainly down from where you'd hope it would be, but you just kind of keep digging the whole time. So overall they're all very special.
Q: Scott, you once said after your accident in the Indy car that the only time you really felt good physically was when you were driving a racecar. Today it was clear you were pretty much in pain when you got out. To what extent does your injuries or do your injuries aggravate you or bother you, either regular day-to-day life or when you're driving the car?
SCOTT PRUETT: Well, they bother me from the time I wake up in the morning, and it's not getting any better. For sure it's getting worse, anything from shattering my ankles, to breaking my back, breaking my knees, and all the other stuff along the way, it was shoulders and elbows, and it all takes its toll.
We were good for a long time, but I could still run really fast and a good pace. My only concern was going head to head and having to really stomp on the brake and maybe out deep somebody. I just wasn't 100-percent confident, and with the talented group of guys up here who could get it done, that's one of those things where you don't want to step back, but the right thing to do is to go turn it over to one of these guys that can get it done, and Juan did.
Q: I think you were in the room when Max Angelelli made a comment about racing with his wrists tied. Is there any comment you can make about Grand-Am's rules equalization program, how it may have benefited you or not?
SCOTT PRUETT: I didn't quite hear his comment about that. I think we were still walking in the room.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA: I was here. He said he had his hands tied. We've been in that situation, and even in that situation we fought for the win, and even last year, last year even when we were down in power – I think that it's true. As I said earlier, you look at the other two BMWs, the 42 and 43, they were as quick as the field. I think as a team we did a really good job taking drag out of the car and understanding what needed to be done to get that top speed up. We did our homework, and it paid off.
MEMO ROJAS: They had the best cars last year, during the season, and it turns out we had a good car, and then they didn't win. I think it's one of those deals, it's not only speed, but you need to have a whole package, a good team, and no mistakes, everything. They were the quickest cars all of 2012. They just made too many mistakes. He needs to remember that.
SCOTT PRUETT: I think it's a great thing that Grand-Am continually looks to equalize the cars – as you saw, all the Rileys had to add drag to the cars, and everybody knew that we were in a deficit on the engine side. We won two races, Chevy won eight races last year, so I think it was pretty clear where the dominance was, and I think what we've seen so far, if it's not right, they'll come back and fix it.
The NASCAR regime has always been to entertain the fans with close competition, and our series is owned by NASCAR with the same philosophy, and if they feel – I guarantee you, there's probably a chance our car will be impounded and taken back to the NASCAR tech center and they'll have a good close look at it and make any changes needed if they feel like they need to do it.
Q: Considering this is an endurance race, have any of you ever been in a better car for a 24-hour race?
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA: Than this year? I think the first year BMW came on board, I did think we had a big advantage then. I think today we had a big advantage because I think our aero package was better, more horsepower. If you see the infield we didn't have a big advantage.
The other thing is the 9 car, the sister car of the 10, I really struggled to pass them down the straight, and they had the same downforce as us. The 10 car had a ton of downforce to be quick in the infield and they paid the penalty, so it's all very, very relative.
MEMO ROJAS: I think our car, one of the strongest points was that it didn't really change the balance much from daylight to night. I think typically in the past we've typically struggled with having a car that's tight or under-steers. In the day it gets loose, at night vice versa. This cars with very consistent. You could settle the car with the bars and compensate whatever lack of grip in the tires you were losing from rear to front tires. So it was very consistent. That was the thing. This car you could easily drive it consistently. It's something you work really hard, and it's easy to say but not easy to do. Ask the engineers. Sometimes you work as hard as you can and you don't get a car as good as you wanted, and this time I think we achieved it.
SCOTT PRUETT: It wasn't the best, but it was certainly up there with the top three that I've driven here. As Memo was saying, the thing that I was impressed with was the car was always the same. It changed at night, but the balance didn't change, it seemed like the grip of the tire just had longer longevity at night than during the car. You'd go further before you felt like you started to give up a little bit on the tires.
Overall, every time I got in the car, the balance was the same. The bars were set the same, and the things we did while you're in the car was the same every stint for me, and I think these guys, as well. It was a wonderful car to drive.
Q: Those other two, did you win with the other two?
It was '10. That car was really good, as well. We finished second that year. It was just a mistake that was made. That would be for sure number two, and maybe even better than this car, as well, and then the year I won with Nissan. That was a good car. But it was a whole different pace, too. There was a couple cars that were going at it, and it was a whole different race.
What we've seen with the Rolex Sports Car Series, you've got to get it all the time. I mean, you're running hard 24 hours, and it wasn't until probably the last seven, eight years that it's been that way.