Kentucky: Team Penske qualifying report

Team Penske Drivers Claim Row Three At Kentucky Speedway SPARTA, Ky. (August 8, 2008) - Team Penske secured the third row for the start of Saturday's Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Ryan Briscoe will start fifth after posting a...

Team Penske Drivers Claim Row Three At Kentucky Speedway

SPARTA, Ky. (August 8, 2008) - Team Penske secured the third row for the start of Saturday's Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Ryan Briscoe will start fifth after posting a four-lap average of 217.665 mph Friday in the No. 6 Team Penske Honda/Dallara. Helio Castroneves will start next to him in sixth place after his four-lap run of 217.642 mph in the No. 3 Team Penske Honda/Dallara.

"The Team Penske car feels really solid, and it has a nice balance," said Briscoe, who is currently fifth in the 2008 IndyCar Series championship. "We probably could've gotten a bit more speed out of it, but I'm certainly happy with where we are. I think we have a great car, and we should be in good shape for the race tomorrow."

Castroneves remains in second place in the 2008 IndyCar Series standings, trailing only Scott Dixon, who won the pole for Saturday's race. Still, Castroneves is confident he can gain ground with only four races remaining this season.

"The car felt really solid during the practice sessions, but we didn't seem to have the speed of the leaders, and we couldn't figure out why that was," said Castroneves. "My engineer made the decision right before qualifying to make some changes to the car that seemed to work for us, and we ran our fastest lap of the day. We're pretty happy with our starting position, and our race car works really well in traffic, so we'll do our best to stay out of trouble and bring home another good result in hopes of keeping the championship battle alive."

The Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway will be telecast live at 6:30 p.m. EDT by ESPN2. The race will be broadcast on the IMS Radio Network.

-credit: tp

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