IRL: Kansas: Team Penske Friday practice quotes

"Today our focus was on race set-up. We did long runs this afternoon and the car is handling well. The test Marlboro Team Penske conducted here last month (June 18-19) was very useful for us especially given we've never raced at Kansas Speedway.

"Today our focus was on race set-up. We did long runs this afternoon and the car is handling well. The test Marlboro Team Penske conducted here last month (June 18-19) was very useful for us especially given we've never raced at Kansas Speedway. Overall we feel like we had a good day, but it is only Friday. Tomorrow our focus will change to qualifying. We'll run the car in qualifying trim and see how much speed we can get out of the car. The high temperatures are definitely taking their toll on both the drivers and the crew."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2000 and 2001 National Champion
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Sixth fastest - 217.845 mph (25.1188 sec.)

"Today we ran our race set-up to simulate the conditions we'll see on Sunday. Fortunately, Gil (de Ferran) and I were in the same group so we had the chance to run together side-by-side. I'm happy with how the car performed, and the track was getting better as the day went on. Tomorrow morning we're going to work on our qualifying set-up, and hopefully we'll be able to put the Marlboro Team Penske car near the front."


--Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penkse, 2001 and 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- 12th fastest - 217.049 mph (25.2109 sec.)

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