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Firestone Indy Lights: Sunbelt Rentals 100

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Sunbelt Rentals 100

Firestone Indy Lights: Sunbelt Rentals 100

Arie Luyendyk, Jr.
Bobby Wilson
July 12, 2008


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

THE MODERATOR: We're joined by our second- and third-place finishers in tonight's Sunbelt Rentals 100. Bobby Wilson finished second, his second top five finish of the season. He won at Milwaukee back in June. Arie Luyendyk, Jr. finishes third, his third podium finish of the season. He finished second at Iowa and third at Kansas.
Bobby, talk about your run out there.
BOBBY WILSON: Pretty much it was just a ride in the park, just trying to work on Bea there lap after lap, work traffic, stay out of trouble. My car was really good. Just had it dialed in. Tried to stay really consistent, not make mistakes. I think that's what got us to second.
THE MODERATOR: Arie, how about you, your run out there?
ARIE LUYENDYK, JR.: Yeah, it was a difficult race. A lot of guys were dicing it up, especially on the restarts. Seemed like the cars were pretty much a handful there.
But we had a really good car. I think we ran the quickest race lap. In clean air, I think we had the best car out there. It was just a matter of getting close to other people. That was pretty difficult for me.
I'm really happy to finish third. It was definitely more hard fought than the podium in Iowa. Just like to thank my crew for giving me such a great car. Last 20 laps there, I don't think I took a breath. I was trying to catch Bobby, trying so hard. Unfortunately, couldn't get close enough.
Really happy to walk away third, though.
THE MODERATOR: Questions for the drivers.

Q. How difficult was it to pass?
ARIE LUYENDYK, JR.: It was really difficult. I think I stopped behind Cyndie for three laps. She was quite a bit slower than me. We went with a downforce package that wasn't really great for traffic, but it was really good in clean air. A couple people were really off the pace. Didn't really affect the race too much. Most of the passing was made because other people made big mistakes, though.

Q. Bobby, how about you?
BOBBY WILSON: It was just all about timing really for me. I had to even let up on the backstretch just so I didn't run up under them in the corners, then time it. So I think, you know, that's why I made the passes.
I really didn't have much of a problem. I had more of a problem with the heat and the humidity. Felt myself breathing down the backstretch just to stay with it. It was a scorcher out there.
THE MODERATOR: Guys, we appreciate your time. Thank you very much.

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