CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Penske Fontana qualifying notes

Marlboro Team Penske Marlboro 500 Presented By Toyota California Speedway Saturday, November 3, 2001 "We've been struggling a little this weekend, and we were just trying to put it in the show. Since the Championship is wrapped up, we have ...

Marlboro Team Penske
Marlboro 500 Presented By Toyota
California Speedway
Saturday, November 3, 2001

"We've been struggling a little this weekend, and we were just trying to put it in the show. Since the Championship is wrapped up, we have an extra degree of freedom tomorrow in the race. We can go flat out and try to win the Marlboro 500 -- and the million dollars. We need to bide our time and see how the race plays out. This is one of the most difficult and unpredictable races, but I think if we get to the end there is a good chance we'll be fighting for the win."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, #1 2001 Marlboro Honda Reynard
-- Qualified 16th -- 32.439 sec. -- 225.173 mph

"We just weren't where we needed to be today. We've been struggling all weekend, but we're going to work hard to prepare for tomorrow's Marlboro 500, and hopefully we'll be in good shape. It's a long race and anything can happen. We have to stay focused, get to the end and score enough points to stay in the top-three in the Championship."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, #3 2001 Marlboro Honda Reynard
-- Qualified 24th -- 32.782 sec. -- 222.817 mph

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran
Teams Team Penske