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“They Said What?” Indy Lights Edition

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Sometimes when you stick a microphone in front of a driver’s face – especially when they’re mad, you have no clue what they may say and a couple of times you’ll hear something that surprises you or gives you a bit of a perspective.

Throughout the Indy Lights season, there were quite a few of these moments. So it seems only fitting we take a glance back through the year at what was said.

SHAWN GRITZMACHER | ROAD TO INDY

The biggest thing is to align yourself with a professional team that has the resources that build yourself as a racing driver. It’s important to have experienced personnel on the team, whether it’s mechanics, engineers, driver coaches; the Road to Indy is all about learning and taking care of all the ups and downs that are involved in motorsports.

Also, getting the most of what’s available off-track because I think the series offers a lot of media opportunities and a lot of contacts that are important in professional open-wheel motorsports. Those are the two biggest things.

Oliver Askew on his advice to future up-and-coming drivers

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“I was on the inside, we broke super late – I think he broke super late, and he turned down on me and we hit, and that was it.”

Aaron Telitz on his contact with Rinus Veekay on the streets of Toronto

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“I already made one attempt to pass Aaron Telitz and he pushed me wide; I had to go off-power to not hit the wall. “Then the second time, I went deep on the outside in turn three and turning in, we hit each other and went into the wall. Very unfortunate.”

Rinus Veekay on his contact with Aaron Telitz on the streets of Toronto

CHRIS OWENS | ROAD TO INDY

“I would probably say either Aryton Senna which is usually what people say – or actually probably Scott Dixon. I think he’s the type of driver that a lot of people should try to emulate. Obviously he’s very strong on track, but he just never seems to have a bad day; he always seems to savage the best result possible and that’s what I am trying to do in my driving as well.”

Ryan Norman on his racing hero

ROAD TO INDY

“That would mean the world. I’d go nuts being obviously 17 and getting a chance to be in IndyCar. That’d be insane. I don’t know what I’d do. I’d probably just start crying and stutter and not know what to do. That would be a big dream of mine.

Obviously, I’d had that dream since I started racing in go-karts at seven-years-old to be at the top league in IndyCar. Being in Indy Lights, I already feel like I’m here and I’ve made it. So if I was to win it, I don’t know what I’d do; I’d go nuts.”

David Malukas on what it would mean to win the Indy Lights Championship and get the scholarship to run IndyCar 

JAMES BLACK | INDYCAR

“I learned a lot. I was really happy with the experience. I had a great teammate in (Sebastian) Bourdais. He taught me a lot being next to him and listening to how he debriefs and watching how he does things. That was really helpful as a driver to learn how someone with experience works.

I think it was really good for my development as a driver and I think I’m a lot more prepared for Lights then I was in the past after working with Sebastian Bourdais and a great engineer like Michael Cannon.”

Zachary Claman on his experience in IndyCar before returning to Indy Lights

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“I’ve gotten to help out those guys for a few years, and obviously I won the championship with them a few years ago. It’s really cool to help with young kids and teach them the few little things that I know. I don’t know everything as I’m still learning, but at least I can help the other guys who are involved and make sure they are doing the right things.”

Past Indy Lights competitor Matt Brabham speaking of his involvement in coaching drivers at Cape Motorsports 

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“I was just patient saving the tires and it was going to be hard to pass Rinus (Veekay) there in the beginning. It’s hard to pass in general so I was surprised that the 21 car (Veekay) was pushing the issue there in turn three, and I just had a feeling that something was going to happen. It happened a few years ago when I was running third and I got tangled up in it because I was running too close.

“So I was just anticipating something like that happening, and lucky for me, unlucky for them, as we leave here with a big points lead heading into the second half of the year.”

Oliver Askew on his victory on the Streets of Toronto

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“If I’d win this year’s Indy Lights championship and advance to the IndyCar Series would mean a lot to me! Advancing to IndyCar is what we work for so long. I would be proud to make the IndyCar Series big again in the Netherlands!”

Rinus Veekay

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Ashley McCubbin is currently studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber while writing for multiple websites. She also serves on the managing staff for a select few. Born in North York, Ontario, McCubbin currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area where she enjoys taking photos and working on websites.

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