"The car was a little twitchy on the first set of tires and it was difficult to get a quick lap in because there was so much traffic. When I came into the pits, we took a little off the front wing and put on the second set of tires, which made the car handle really well. Towards the end of the session, I was able to take two fast laps and really push the envelope to get the pole. Marlboro Team Penske has done a great job all weekend and fortunately, we've been able to make incremental changes, which has allowed us to go faster each time we leave the pits. It was really fun out there this afternoon, but now we have to think about tomorrow."
-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, #1 2001 Marlboro Honda Reynard
-- Polesitter - 65.442 sec.
"I had great expectations for this afternoon's qualifying run after how well the Marlboro car has been handling this weekend. On my first set of tires, the track had changed a bit and the rear of the car was flicking (oversteering) in both high and low speed corners. Unfortunately on lap nine, I spun and stalled the car in turn three while trying to avoid making contact with Vasser (Jimmy) and had to pay an eight minute penalty for causing a red flag during the session. I was running strong on my last lap, but a couple of drivers had problems looking in their mirrors and I lost the lap. That's the game I guess. Obviously I'd like to be on the pole, but I'd rather give Gil (de Ferran) the pole and I'll take the victory tomorrow."
-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, #3 2001 Marlboro Honda
-- Qualified second - 65.877 sec.