Q: Growing up in Scotland, you started winning motor races at an age when most kids are still watching cartoons. What’s your all-time hairiest moment on the track?
A: The most afraid I’ve ever been in a car was in 2007 in Michigan, when I got up in the air at the superspeedway. The car was about 30 feet off the ground and spinning around. We were doing about 215 miles an hour. Afterward, I thought I was lucky to get away with it. That was definitely a moment when I thought, This might be it.
Q: Can you take us on a tour of your garage?
A: Cars are my weakness. I tend to collect cars that thrilled me as a child, with particular emphasis on Porsche and Ferrari. The coolest piece of machinery in there now would be a toss-up between the Ferrari F40, the Porsche Carrera GT and my 1999 Reynard IndyCar, which produces about 1,000 horsepower. That said, my everyday drive is an Acura in the U.S. and a Mercedes in Scotland.
Q: What’s the best car movie ever made?
A: At the top of my list would have to be Le Mans, Grand Prix, The Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit and of course the animated IndyCar movie Turbo.
Q: The Indy 500 is one of the hardest races on earth to win. What’s it like to see that checkered flag-waving?
A: I’ve been fortunate enough to win that great race three times. It’s the beginning of a whirlwind tour that takes a long time to settle in, when you realize what you’ve accomplished. That feeling you get when you see your teammates, friends and family in Victory Lane is indescribable.