IRL: Fontana: Team Penske race report

"All the cars were pretty equal today. Unfortunately, we came in before the rest of the lead pack on the final round of stops (lap 164) and we took on more fuel than they did so we ended up in sixth after it all sorted out. In the final laps of...

"All the cars were pretty equal today. Unfortunately, we came in before the rest of the lead pack on the final round of stops (lap 164) and we took on more fuel than they did so we ended up in sixth after it all sorted out. In the final laps of the race I lost the draft and I couldn't catch the leaders. The Marlboro Team Penske car was handling well throughout the race, but in the end we just didn't have the speed to win. The good news is that we're going into the final race tied for the lead in the Championship (Castroneves is tied with Scott Dixon). There are five guys in the Championship race, so Texas will be very exciting for everyone. I have a feeling it will come down to the final lap of the season, and may the best man win."

Helio Castroneves, #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
6th place finish; first in the IRL Indy Car Series Championship Point Standings

"It was a long hot day for everyone, and unfortunately my car wasn't handling well at all, which made it even more difficult. I spent most of my time just struggling to stay in the race and I've got to thank my crew for doing a great job in the pits to keep me out there. In hindsight, we probably didn't have enough experience with the G-Force in this race trim, however, we took a chance and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Certainly, we're a long shot for the Title now so we'll have to depend on everyone else's results. But Marlboro Team Penske is still in the hunt and we'll do everything we can in Texas to get the job done. Hopefully, we'll have a more competitive car and we'll just see where we end up."

Gil de Ferran, #6 Marlboro Team Penske G-Force/Toyota
2003 Indianapolis 500 Winner; 2000 & 2001 CART Champion
15th place finish; fifth in the IRL IndyCar Series Point Standings (30 points out of first place)

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