IRL: Phoenix: Team Penske Friday practice quotes

"Overall we had a good day. We were facing different conditions today than when we tested here during the winter, so we had to adapt the set-up of the Marlboro car. This morning we found a set-up that we were comfortable with and were able to...

"Overall we had a good day. We were facing different conditions today than when we tested here during the winter, so we had to adapt the set-up of the Marlboro car. This morning we found a set-up that we were comfortable with and were able to turn the fastest lap of the day. We still have work to do, but we're headed in the right direction."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, Two-Time National Champion
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Fastest combined practice time - 20.3157 sec.

"The plan for today was to focus on our race set-up. We ran one set-up on the Marlboro car in the morning and a different one in the afternoon. We ran similar lap times in both sessions so now we are going to evaluate the data to determine which way we want to go for the race. This afternoon, I also did long runs with full tanks and tried to run in traffic. I was able to see how the car was handling, and to get a feel for where to pass and the best line to take. The car was comfortable and consistent which is going to be important on race day. Tomorrow morning our focus will be on preparing for qualifying."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- 13th fastest combined time - 20.9084 sec.

-mtp-

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