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Firestone Indy Lights: Kansas Lottery 100

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Kansas Lottery 100

Firestone Indy Lights: Kansas Lottery 100

Mario Romancini
April 26, 2009


THE MODERATOR: We'll take questions for Mario as well.

Q. For you today, Mario, was the wind your biggest problem? You seemed obviously to handle it quite well. Did you find that was really your biggest obstacle, trying to control the car in the wind?
MARIO ROMANCINI: Yeah, like Wade said, especially turn three and four was really difficult because we had the wind on our back, and she was running pretty much all the laps on the low line, so I had to go really high. We had a problem last week in Long Beach, so I really needed to finish this race. It was especially hard to handle the car on turn three on the high line because there's no much grip there.
I'm pretty happy with the race. Was just my first oval race. Never been to an oval before to race, just testing. I'm glad that we could score important points for the championship.

Q. You and Wade ran side-by-side quite a lot. For a driver on his first oval, how was that for you? You were running quite close, but you seemed to handle it quite well.
MARIO ROMANCINI: Yeah, it was pretty good. I was feeling comfortable. I was talking to my spotter because I was telling him, I can't pass him, I can't pass him. I couldn't lift and try to be on the lowest line, just lifting a little bit behind him, because Beatriz was really close. I couldn't actually slow down little bit to try to do the low line and save the tires because Beatriz was really quick.
Yeah, was challenging. Every lap I'm still learning, learning. I think for the first time, first race, was really good. I want to thank Firestone Indy Lights, my team, they did a fantastic job. Now let's think about Indy.

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