IRL: Michigan: Team Penske race report

"We weren't as fast as we expected out there today. We struggled a bit for speed throughout the race and we're not quite sure why. The late cautions helped us because I was able to tuck in behind the lead pack and run with them at the end of the...

"We weren't as fast as we expected out there today. We struggled a bit for speed throughout the race and we're not quite sure why. The late cautions helped us because I was able to tuck in behind the lead pack and run with them at the end of the race. I was looking good for a sixth place finish until I pushed up a little in traffic and lost some momentum allowing (Tora) Takagi to get by me. Overall, I think seventh was a good finish for us; we were just focused on bringing the Marlboro Team Penske car home. We also earned some valuable points and closed the gap in the Championship standings (de Ferran is now in third place in the Championship standings, just three points out of first)."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2003 Indianapolis 500 Winner and Two-Time CART Champion

-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
-- Seventh place finish
-- Third in the Championship standings with 315 points

"The Marlboro Team Penske car was handling great today and I was having a lot of fun out there. We had a good start and during the first two stints we were able to run with the lead pack. Unfortunately, we had a problem during the third stint. There was a hole in the radiator, which was leaking water and we think that caused us to lose the engine ending our day early (lap 70). In fact, we had a similar problem yesterday in the final practice. It's just one of those up and down days and there wasn't anything we could do. There's a lot of racing to go this season and the Championship isn't over yet. We need to focus and execute each weekend to put as many points as possible on the board."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner

-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
-- Placed 17th
-- Fourth in the Championship standings with 295 points

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