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IndyCar Series: Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix

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Open Wheel Racing Topics:  Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix

IndyCar Series: Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix

Alex Barron
August 28, 2005


Q. Alex, you're a native Californian. This is the first open-wheel race we've had here in 35 years. What did you think of the reception you got here, that the whole series got here?

ALEX BARRON: I mean, to start with, the test, the first couple laps I did, we were excited to drive the circuit. It's really technical from an engineering standpoint to set the car up, working with the drivers. It's really technical from a driving standpoint to get around the circuit. My family and friends, I had like 25 people here. They all camped out (indiscernible). So that makes it extra special. There's two races in California, and that makes it a little bit more special when you go to the circuit that you're closest to. But Infineon did so much work to this place over the last couple years, I think it's a state-of-the-art facility. It's a fun place to be. This is one of the nicest places to be this time of year. It's hard to beat California weather.

Q. Is this course more challenging than the one in Laguna Seca?

ALEX BARRON: I think it's pretty similar as far as like the technical side of it. What you do, low speed and high speed. But it's pretty similar. I think Laguna Seca has its characterics of the trapezoid corners and stuff that are a little bit different than here. At the end of the day, Mid-Ohio, Elkhart Lake, here, Laguna, it's all give and take of how you set the car up, which makes it real difficult for sure.

THE MODERATOR: Thanks, guys.

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