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Past champions Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves were among the drivers who gathered for Media Day Thursday (May 23) ...
ahead of this weekend's running of the 97th Indianapolis 500. Though he already has three Indy 500 victories, defending champion Franchitti is excited to be returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a shot at his fourth win.
PLEASE NOTE: ADDS STORY SHOWS: INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, UNITED STATES. (MAY 23, 2013) (INDYCAR-ACCESS ALL) 1. DARIO FRANCHITTI, DRIVER OF CAR #10 FOR THE TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM, AT INDY 500 MEDIA DAY 2. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DRIVER DARIO FRANCHITTI SAYING: "I've said it before this is one of the funny, odd things you do in life, the Indianapolis 500, the more you do it the more it means to you, most things the more you do it you become bored of it, regardless of what it is, jumping out of planes, flying helicopters, riding motorcycles...this is different. You know the first year I was here I was like, what's the big deal? By the time I'd finished my first race in 2002 I was like yeah I get it and that love and appreciation of this race has only increased and it would mean a tremendous amount to win it again." 3. HELIO CASTRONEVES, DRIVER OF CAR #3 FOR TEAM PENSKE RACING, AT INDY 500 MEDIA DAY 4. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DRIVER HELIO CASTRONEVES SAYING: "Well I don't care if it's one lap to go I will be...if I'm in the lead trust me I will make it as hard as I can for those guys to pass me, but you're right at the beginning of the race as long as people will be patient enough and understand how the rhythm go you can actually go faraway so, but it is, unfortunately, the way the car is built, it used to be in the past that you just stay in front and be able to manage (the race) and things like that but today that's not the case." 5. DERRICK WALKER, PRESIDENT OF COMPETITION FOR INDYCAR AT PRESS CONFERENCE 6. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DERRICK WALKER, PRESIDENT OF COMPETITION FOR INDYCAR SAYING: "But I think that all of us at Indycar, and all our teams and drivers, have realized that we've lost a lot of what was really Indycar, and more specifically, what was the Indy 500. So today's announcement is really an announcement of an initiative, we are going to make a concious effort to find how do we evolve? And that's a key word in this process, evolving from, not only where the past was, but to where we are now and to where we need to go." STORY: Past champions Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves were among the drivers who gathered for Media Day Thursday (May 23) ahead of this weekend's running of the 97th Indianapolis 500. Though he already has three Indy 500 victories, defending champion Franchitti is excited to be returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a shot at his fourth win. "The Indianapolis 500, the more you do it the more it means to you," Franchitti told reporters. "It would mean a tremendous amount to win it again." The Indycar competition committee also met on Thursday and announced afterwards that they would be seeking a return to the days when speed records were broken and the racing was more exciting. "I think that all of us at Indycar, and all our teams and drivers, have realized that we've lost a lot of what was really Indycar, and more specifically, what was the Indy 500," President of Competition Derrick Walker told gathered press after he and fellow committee members met for several hours earlier in the day. "Today's announcement is really an announcement of an initiative, we are going to make a concious effort to find how do we evolve?" Walker said. Three-time race winner Castroneves echoed that things are different from what they used to be. "Unfortunately, the way the car is built, it used to be in the past that you just stay in front and be able to manage (the race) and things like that but today that's not the case," Castroneves said.