IRL: Richmond: Team Penske Friday report

"The track is small enough that there isn't a big difference between qualifying and race set-ups. Therefore, we spent most of the day working on improving the overall handling of the Marlboro Team Penske car. During practice the car was pushing a...

"The track is small enough that there isn't a big difference between qualifying and race set-ups. Therefore, we spent most of the day working on improving the overall handling of the Marlboro Team Penske car. During practice the car was pushing a bit, but the track changed for qualifying and suddenly the car was loose so it took me a couple of laps to feel confident. We'll be starting in the top-ten (de Ferran qualified seventh) which isn't bad. While it is always good to be at the front of the grid, it isn't everything. I think we have a good car for tomorrow night. The keys for the race will be to stay out of trouble and have a consistent car."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2003 Indianapolis 500 Winner and Two-Time CART Champion
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
-- Qualified seventh - 165.964 mph (16.2686 sec.)

"Unfortunately things didn't go our way this afternoon during qualifying. After the second practice, I thought we had a shot to put the Marlboro Team Penske car on the pole (Castroneves had the second fastest time during practice). The track conditions changed dramatically after our practice sessions, because the Silver Crown cars laid down a lot of rubber on the track. I had to qualify first and the car was sliding all over the track. We didn't want to wave off our attempt, because the rain was coming and we couldn't risk it. I did the best I could, it just wasn't our day. We have to move on and focus on the race tomorrow night."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
-- Qualified 11th - 164.526 mph (16.4108 sec.)

-tp-

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