"We had a pretty good qualifying run this afternoon. You always want a bit more speed, but this is the fastest we've run this weekend and we're starting in the top-ten (Hornish Jr. qualified seventh) so we're in good shape. We spent most of the...
"We had a pretty good qualifying run this afternoon. You always want a bit more speed, but this is the fastest we've run this weekend and we're starting in the top-ten (Hornish Jr. qualified seventh) so we're in good shape. We spent most of the weekend working on race set-up and I think we've got a good car for tomorrow. With the new track configuration, the race will be totally different than any of the other races I've run here. There should be a lot of side-by-side action and it will be all about the draft and making the right move at the right time. I'm just really looking forward to starting my first race with Marlboro Team Penske and hopefully I can bring home a strong finish."
-- Sam Hornish Jr., Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 IRL IndyCar Series
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
-- Qualified seventh - 216.322 mph (24.7132 sec.)
"Well, we tried to take a chance today and it just didn't work out. Everyone was running so close, that we decided to take a chance on the set-up of the car for qualifying. The conditions were a lot like they were at the Indianapolis 500 last year, and that worked out for us (Castroneves won the pole in 2003), so we tried something similar. Unfortunately, it didn't work in our favor. The car wasn't handling very well and I couldn't make the proper changes in the car so I had to come in. I have to hand it to my guys, Marlboro Team Penske did an awesome job adjusting the car so that I could go back out there in time. All things considered, it's great that we're in the top-ten (Castroneves qualified tenth), so I'm happy. Tomorrow's the day that counts."
-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
-- Qualified tenth - 215.887 mph (24.7630 sec.)