IRL: Nashville: Team Penske qualifying quotes

"Marlboro Team Penske did a great job today. During my qualifying run, I left the car in fifth gear. I had a little doubt if I should shift to sixth but decided to play it safe and it worked out okay. This is the first time we've competed at...

"Marlboro Team Penske did a great job today. During my qualifying run, I left the car in fifth gear. I had a little doubt if I should shift to sixth but decided to play it safe and it worked out okay. This is the first time we've competed at this track so to start on the front row (second) is a real accomplishment for us. It'll be good to start in front because it is difficult to pass here -- we'll need to be patient in the race and wait for traffic or for someone to make a mistake. I've only raced on concrete on road courses turning right and left so racing on the concrete oval tomorrow night will be a new experience. It's a bumpy track, which makes it challenging for both the drivers and engineers. Everyone faces the same challenges but we don't have the past race experience to know what to expect. We worked on race set-up this morning and the car was very consistent and well-balanced.  Tomorrow, I'm going to try and be conservative and not go for anything out of control. We've got to stay consistent so we can earn points towards the Championship - that's our main focus."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Qualified second - 203.363 mph (21.0130 seconds)  

"I'm very happy with the Marlboro Team Penske car.  It's been handling very well all day, we just haven't been able to find those last few hundredths of a second.  I'm really looking forward to the race tomorrow and hopefully we'll be there at the end to earn some valuable points in the Championship."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2000 & 2001 National Champion
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Qualified - 202.112 mph (23.1555 seconds)

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