Road to Indy
“They Said What?” Indy Pro 2000 Edition
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 Pro 2000 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.
“I don’t know how many seasons that he’s run, but Parker is extremely good around this race track and he has been for many years. I think last year was disappointing for him as he had a couple mechanicals, but I think he could’ve won both. But he has a lot of experience in this car around this track, and this is my second year here. Three of the four races we’ve ran here, I’ve won.
“So Parker is an outstanding driver. He always keeps me on my toes; he’s the last one that I expect to make a mistake. So I knew that entire race, I couldn’t make a mistake and fortunately I didn’t.”
Kyle Kirkwood on racing Parker Thompson for the win on the streets of Toronto
“It’s so tight. I mean, we were setting best laps back and forth. I don’t think it was anyone thing that we were missing. We started the weekend a little bit behind on the back foot and were able to compete for a race win today.
“So, it’s Tom Knapp and I’s second weekend working together. So if we’re already this close to the front, I think we’re going to be a force to be wrecking with as the year goes on. It’s only the second race of the second half of the season; that’s how we have to look at it.”
Parker Thompson on racing Kyle Kirkwood for the win on the streets of Toronto
Everything. My whole life is dedicated to that. I’m trying to find the words chasing my dream, and that’s the exact dream that I am chasing. To be in IndyCar, there are so many people like me who have the same dream. But to have gotten to where I have right now, purely just from winning myself to this position with my supporters on my back, there’s no where else in the world that you can do that. In Europe, if you win a championship, you don’t get any reward. Nowhere really has this amazing ladder like America does, which kind of gives that real clear path to the top step. Oliver Askew is a perfect example of that; he’s literally won his way to an IndyCar seat. So for me, that’s exactly my plan.
Obviously I had a setback not winning the USF2000 Championship which is tough, but it’s not always a straight line. I’m sure there’s many many highs and there will be some more lows in the future, but the highs outweigh the lows and my goal is to continue the Road to Indy and hopefully one day be like Oliver. It’s possible if you’re good enough. We’ll see what the next few years have in store. I’m definitely going to be putting everything that I have and can into it, so we’ll see what happens. But that’s everything that I’m working for.
Hunter McElrea on what it would mean to continue moving up the Road to Indy to IndyCar
My racing hero is probably my dad, honestly. He grew up racing motorcycles and really achieved a ton in that and dirt bike racing, winning a couple of championships in that, and then went straight into car racing.
He actually did a USF2000 race himself back in 2015 and obviously, he was older compared to the rest of the drivers in the field. I think he was around 60 when all the rest of the drivers were my age or younger now. So that was really cool as it took a lot of courage to do that, and he actually did really well.
It would be, honestly, a testament to the hard work that I’ve been putting in over the last five years, and learning from so many great people that I’ve worked with. Every year, even when the results weren’t there, I still learned a lot being around great teams, and engineers, and having great teammates. It would just mean that all the hard work is able to show itself.
Nikita Lastochin on what it’d mean to move up to IndyCar one day
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