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“Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a special place," said Sato. "When I first came to the Indy 500, I already had a special memory of the place from 2004 when I finished on the podium. That was a great day.It wasn’t an easy finish. At one stage, in the middle of the race, we were at the back of the grid.Every time I come back to Indy I think of that memory. It was very special and now coming for the Indy 500 – there are no words to describe how special it is. The event is always very impressive.”
“It was fantastic!" said Jourdain of getting back in an Indy car for the first time since 2004. "I was thinking in the car when I was doing the laps ‘This is so much fun.’ I’m not going to say that it feels like yesterday that I was here but it doesn’t feel like 16 years ago.The car feels really stable. The team did a test here about a month ago with Takuma and the car feels really stable; perfect to do the refresher phases today.I thought I was going to be much more nervous but it felt really good.I was quite comfortable and relaxed – at home. I treated it with a lot of respect and built up to the speed.In the beginning I tried to not feel any pressure to do a certain lap time.I just tried to be smart and patient. The only goal was to get through these phases today.Tonight I have a lot to sleep on. The last couple of years I haven’t been sleeping that good but I slept through the night last night and woke up to the alarm which was really good.These things make me quite happy. I feel relaxed; I don’t know how I look but I feel really good.I felt at home in the car and I’m very, very happy.”
“It would mean everything to me," said Michel Jourdain Jr. on what it would mean to him to win the Indy 500. "I grew up watching more Indy car racing that Formula One. Many people in the world think of Formula One when they think of open wheel racing but for me, because of Josele (Garza) and because of the races my father and uncle Bernard did, I was focused on Indy car racing much more than F1.I remember standing in the race car when my father drove in the Mexico City race and the guys were pushing it. It was 1980 and 1981. I always grew up watching the Indy 500 so for me it would be the biggest thing ever to win the Indy 500!”
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – May 8, 2012… Despite sweeping the American Le Mans Series GT class championships in 2011 and the Manufacturer and Team titles in 2010, one important victory has thus far eluded BMW Team RLL. In both seasons Joey Hand and Dirk Müller have finished in the runner-up spot, but never on the top step of the Laguna Seca Raceway podium.BMW Team RLL is hoping to change that for 2012.