CHAMPCAR/CART: Marlboro Team Penske "Pit Notes" week of 2001-06-18

CASTRONEVES IS KING OF THE STREETS By winning at Detroit this past weekend in the same dominating fashion he won at Long Beach earlier this year, Marlboro Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves has now led every lap (154) of street course racing...

CASTRONEVES IS KING OF THE STREETS

By winning at Detroit this past weekend in the same dominating fashion he won at Long Beach earlier this year, Marlboro Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves has now led every lap (154) of street course racing this season. Castroneves scored 22 points (the most available at any race) by taking the pole (1), leading most laps (1) and winning the race (20), and closed to within five points of the FedEx Series Championship leader - Kenny Brack. He is the first driver to lead every lap of a race twice in the same season since 1992 when Michael Andretti accomplished this at Toronto and Laguna Seca.

With his win at Detroit, Castroneves is now tied with Brack for most wins (2) and most poles (3) this season. Penske Racing now has 107 race wins and 130 pole positions.

DE FERRAN RETURNS TO PORTLAND TO DEFEND HIS TITLE

Gil de Ferran, reigning CART Champion, will return to Portland this weekend to defend his title after winning the past two races at Portland International Raceway. If de Ferran scores a third consecutive victory, he will tie Michael Andretti for most wins at Portland (3). De Ferran has had a strong run on road courses since joining Marlboro Team Penske in 2000. Following are some fast facts on de Ferran's road course performance:

At the season-opening race in Mexico -- the only road course race so far this season - de Ferran started third and finished second.

In the four road course races in 2000, de Ferran started on the front row each time - including the pole in Mid-Ohio and finished on the podium three out of four times - including his win in Portland.

During the 2000 season, de Ferran scored 53 of his 168 points on road courses.

In his six starts at Portland, de Ferran has completed 565 out of 586 laps (96%). He has started in the top-ten every time including three top-three starts and finished in the top-ten five times including his two wins and two second place finishes (1997, 1996).

De Ferran has completed 357 out of 411 laps (86%) in the last five road course races.

CASTRONEVES ON ROAD COURSES

During the 2000 season, he started on the front row in three of the four road courses, including the pole in Portland and Laguna Seca.

Of the four road course races last year Castroneves finished in the winner's circle three times - including the win at Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca.

Castroneves scored points in the last five road course races dating back to Portland last year. He has led 221 out of 411 laps (54%) and completed 410 laps (99.7%).

MARLBORO TEAM PENSKE AT PORTLAND

Marlboro Team Penske has had 23 cars start at Portland International Raceway since 1990.

In their eleven years of racing at Portland International Raceway, Marlboro Team Penske has captured the pole five times (Sullivan - 1990; Fittipaldi -- 1991, 1992; Unser Jr. - 1994; Castroneves - 2000) and won the race four times (Fittipaldi - 1993; Unser Jr. - 1994, 1995; de Ferran - 2000).

In 2000, Marlboro Team Penske drivers set both the track and race record at Portland International Raceway - Castroneves - one-lap track record - 57.738 sec. and de Ferran - race record - 109.564 mph average speed.

Last year Marlboro Team Penske swept the front row at Portland for their first 1-2 start of the season; they went on to sweep the front row again at Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca.

In 1994 Marlboro Team Penske finished 1-2-3 at Portland for the second time that season. The first time was at Milwaukee. They would go on to sweep the podium three more times at Mid-Ohio, New Hampshire and Nazareth.

CASTRONEVES' PIT CREW LEADS CHALLENGE

The pit crew for the #3 Marlboro Honda Reynard is currently leading the Craftsman Pit Crew Challenge with 63 points. The program awards points based on cumulative time in the pits during each race. Marlboro Team Penske teammate Gil de Ferran's crew is currently fourth with 44 points.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Kenny Brack
Teams Team Penske , Team Penske