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Firestone Indy Lights: Husar's House of Fine Diamonds 100

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Firestone Indy Lights: Husar's House of Fine Diamonds 100

Mario Romancini
May 31, 2009


THE MODERATOR: We're joined by race winner Mario Romancini.
Mario, tell us about your day today.
MARIO ROMANCINI: I was able to make a good start, and then I think two laps later, to be honest, I don't remember for sure, but we got a yellow. After this first yellow I saw that we had a car a little bit quicker than Hildebrand's, because I think I was pulling away from him half a 10th, 1/10th per lap, which gave me confidence just doing my natural lines.
Every time that we were pulling away from him, a yellow was coming. But we were confident that we had a good car. I was feeling pretty comfortable. The car was just amazing. I was able to keep a good pace until the end of the race. The car was last pretty much with the same balance the entire race.
So very, very happy. Just want to thank the team again. Now we have two weeks to work to go to Iowa and try to be strong there again.
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Mario.

Q. (Question regarding oval experience.)
MARIO ROMANCINI: Yeah, definitely I could see here is definitely more difficult to pass, much more difficult to run side-by-side. But I really liked running here. I think here you have to drive more the car comparing to the other ovals. For us, Indy Lights is flat.
Yeah, I really liked running here. I think Iowa will be flat. But it's a short oval, too, so let's see what we can do there. But I'm feeling very comfortable with the car, with the team. I think we are in the right direction now.

Q. How much of an advantage aerodynamically for the leader do you think there is?
MARIO ROMANCINI: I don't know. Because here you can't actually use the draft as you use in the other tracks. There is no much difference. Here I think it's more difficult to run right behind the guy in front of you because if you try to go a little bit on the outside, the track, it's dirty.
So, well, I don't know. But I think in any lap, Hildebrand was really, really quick, was really, really close to us. So I don't know if he had that problem trying to pass me. But the other guys, I don't know.
THE MODERATOR: Mario, thank you very much.

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