Castroneves: We were smart enough to win
12 April 2010 – Helio Castroneves has thanked the Penske team following his first race victory of the season at the Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday. Having trailed the Andretti Autosport car of Marco Andretti, the Brazilian inherited the lead when the American was forced to pit due to a shortage of fuel.
After qualifying third behind Will Power and Mike Conway, Castroneves drove a composed race in Birmingham to confirm both his first win of the 2010 campaign and second place in the championship standings.
"I felt like the Team Penske car was better than Marco's but, unfortunately, I just couldn't pass him," Helio explained after the race. "I was just patient and waiting for an opportunity and, well, I guess we were able to be smart enough to save a lot of fuel.
"Towards the end, we just had a yellow flag. I didn't ask for that - especially when you have Scott Dixon and those guys behind you! So I just decided to make sure I didn't give any opportunities for those guys and that's what I did.
"I knew what the car was capable of doing. Sometimes you've got to count on a little luck, so today was a great day for Team Penske and especially the No. 3 guys."