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Indy Pro Series: Carneros 100

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Carneros 100

Indy Pro Series: Carneros 100

Jonathan Klein
Bobby Wilson
August 27, 2006


SONOMA, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: We are joined by our second and third place finishers in this morning's Pro Series race. Bobby Wilson is second, Jonathan Klein third.
Bobby, if you would, tell us about your run out there this morning.
BOBBY WILSON: Well, basically the track was pretty slick today. I think the Grand-Am rubber had a lot to do with that. Couldn't really get a feel for it in the early morning warm-up because we only had 10 minutes. Had to make some changes to the car.
You know, I think we had a pretty good run. The guys put together a pretty good car. We're here in second.
THE MODERATOR: A fifth yesterday, a second today. Got to be pretty happy with the weekend.
BOBBY WILSON: Yeah. I came in here with higher expectations. I always want to win. You know, Alex definitely had his stuff together today. I gave it all I had. He did a great job.
THE MODERATOR: Jonathan, a fourth yesterday, a third today. You're in second place in the points standings heading into Chicago. If you would, tell us about your run out there today.
JONATHAN KLEIN: Yeah, you know, it was a tough race because we had speed to run with the leaders. Maybe not Alex, but Bobby and I were pretty comparable. You know, that just goes to show the competition in the series. Everyone can run with each other in the front. It's pretty impressive.
The team did a great job giving me a car all weekend that we could be in the top three, top four all weekend. That's encouraging going into Chicago. We closed the gap a little bit on Jay yet again. We're looking to go to Chicago to win that race.
THE MODERATOR: Speaking of Chicago, 59 points separate the top five. You're eight points behind Jay at this point. Talk about going into this last race, eight points behind the championship, what your game plan might be.
JONATHAN KLEIN: Well, my game plan, I cannot afford any mistakes. I have to run a perfect race at Chicago in a few weeks, make sure I finish the race. You know, if we win, I think that pretty much sums up the championship. If we come in second, it's going to be hard from there because of the points spread, the way that works.
The pressure's on. It's going to be up to me to see if I can handle it and perform.
THE MODERATOR: Questions for our drivers.

Q. Jonathan, your view of the collision between Wade Cunningham?
JONATHAN KLEIN: Nothing really. He just kind of stuck his nose in there. I was already committed to the turn. That was that.

Q. Did have you any damage from that?
JONATHAN KLEIN: Just some of his paint on my right rear tire and wheel.

Q. How do you balance school with racing over the next few weeks?
JONATHAN KLEIN: Well, it's hard work. It sucks. I'm not a fan of school. But, you know, I got to do it to race. I just do it and I get my work done at school, focus on racing at the same time. It just takes discipline.
THE MODERATOR: Bobby, racing on doubleheader weekends like this, are you a fan of it? Your impressions of the weekend?
BOBBY WILSON: Actually, I like doubleheader weekends. It always gives you a shot the next day. I'm a big fan of road courses. It's always a treat to come out here. I enjoy this track, this facility. I definitely like it.
THE MODERATOR: All right, guys, thank you very much.



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