IRL: Kentucky: Team Penske qualifying report

"It was a pretty good qualifying session for Marlboro Team Penske with Gil (de Ferran) and I starting in the top-five (Castroneves qualified third; de Ferran qualified fourth). I thought we could go a little faster but the car had a lot of ...

"It was a pretty good qualifying session for Marlboro Team Penske with Gil (de Ferran) and I starting in the top-five (Castroneves qualified third; de Ferran qualified fourth). I thought we could go a little faster but the car had a lot of understeer on the second lap so we weren't able to improve our time. Our performance on mile-and-a-half ovals has been better this season so hopefully we can execute tomorrow. Patience will be key. It should be a very competitive race and we need to score as many points as possible."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 and 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
Qualified third - 219.309 mph (24.2945 sec.)

"The Marlboro Team Penske car was handling well all day and I'm happy with our qualifying run. They have been working very hard to improve the track over the last year and have done a great job. It's still difficult, but much better. I think we're in good shape for tomorrow as we've got a very competitive racecar. It'll be a long, hot day and there should be a lot of tough racing, so we just have to make sure we stay focused. Hopefully, we'll earn some valuable points in the Championship."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2003 Indianapolis 500 Winner and Two-Time CART Champion 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
Qualified fourth - 219.297 mph (24.2958 sec.)

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