IRL: Watkins Glen: Team Penske race report

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 8, 2007) -- Team Penske drivers experienced both good and bad results in Sunday's Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International. Sam Hornish Jr. posted the best finish of his career on a road...

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 8, 2007) -- Team Penske drivers experienced both good and bad results in Sunday's Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International.

Sam Hornish Jr. posted the best finish of his career on a road course, placing second to Scott Dixon.

"I have to give it to all my guys at Team Penske," Hornish said. "We've felt for a long time that we should have been getting these top-fives on the road courses, but we haven't been able to get the job done. We've said for three years now we should be finishing in the top five every time on road courses. We just get run over, lose the brakes, or whatever might happen."

Hornish's teammate, however, didn't fare as well. Pole winner Helio Castroneves' No. 3 Team Penske Honda/Dallara slammed into the tire barrier while leading on the 20th lap of the 60-lap race.

"I was trying to hold my line and keep it clean out there," Castroneves said. "I just over-thought things and ended up spinning. I knew (Scott) Dixon was fast in Turn 1, so I was pushing to get up there in front of him and I spun in Turn 11. I was thinking a turn ahead, and it cost us today."

The crash left Castroneves with an 18th-place finish and dropped him 137 points behind the leader in the IndyCar Series standings.

"It's really a shame because the Team Penske car was great out there," Castroneves said. "My guys did a wonderful job all weekend, and it's too bad we couldn't bring home a better finish."

Meanwhile, Hornish and the No. 6 Team Penske Honda/Dallara improved their place in the standings, moving into fifth, 97 points behind leader Dario Franchitti.

"The guys did a great job in the pits, and I think that we just need to look at this as a stepping stone," Hornish said. "It makes us feel really confident going to Nashville and Mid-Ohio. We'll try to keep it going."

-credit: tp

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske