Teleconference Fun

Posted by Iannucci | 9/07/2006 | 0 comments »
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Every week the league provides Q & A teleconference sessions with drivers, engineers, or whoever where members of the press get to ask questions and participants get to give dull answers. This week was different, as all four of the IndyCar series championship contenders gathered in the same room, providing this memorable exchange. (Full transcript is here.)

Q. For Wheldon, of the two of them, given Sam's experience, is he the one to beat at this point in your mind?

DAN WHELDON: Helio is going to be mad at me because he can hear me say this, and he's right across the room from me. I think so personally. (Sam’s) very good on one and a half mile tracks. He's somebody I've raced with a lot on the one and a half mile tracks this year.

If I was a betting man, I'd be putting my money on him. At the same time with this track, you know, you never know because it can be so close.

Q. Dixon, if you could follow up on that question. If you were putting your money on one of those Penske guys, would it be Sam?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Scott, I can share with you the prize money if you have the right answer.

SCOTT DIXON: I don't know. Both of them are obviously very competitive.

Q. Come on.

SCOT DIXON: Over the past, it's got to be Sam, I think. Sorry, Helio.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: No faith in me, OK (laughter).

DAN WHELDON: Sam is giving us half a million each, so we're looking good.