Richmond: Team Penske race report

Castroneves Finishes Second in Wild Richmond Race RICHMOND, Va. (June 28, 2008) -- Team Penske's Helio Castroneves finished in the runner-up spot at a caution-filled Saturday night race at Richmond International Raceway with an impressive ...

Castroneves Finishes Second in Wild Richmond Race

RICHMOND, Va. (June 28, 2008) -- Team Penske's Helio Castroneves finished in the runner-up spot at a caution-filled Saturday night race at Richmond International Raceway with an impressive on-track performance. Castroneves went from an 18th place starting spot to second in the 300-lap SunTrust Indy Challenge, eventually finishing one position ahead of Scott Dixon, the only driver ahead of Castroneves in the 2008 IndyCar Series championship standings.

"I was driving the wheels off it," Castroneves said about his run in the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda. "I was trying everything I could to make up spots and we were able to have a good showing today."

This race marks Castroneves' fourth runner-up finish of the season.

Ryan Briscoe, driver of the No. 6 Dallara/Honda, encountered trouble after a promising start to Saturday's race. Briscoe was struck on a restart on the 79th lap that eventually became a four-car pileup. The Team Penske crew worked quickly to get the No. 6 machine back on the track and Briscoe was able to finish 15th.

"It was pretty crazy out there tonight," said Briscoe. "We were able to hold our position through the first stint, but the restart after our first stop was a complete mess. I heard green, and then I glanced in my mirrors. The next thing I know is that the guys in front of me were on their brakes, and I was into the back of the No. 14 car. It was just a chain reaction from there, and I got hit from behind."

"I've got to hand it to my guys for working so hard and getting us back out there tonight, I'm just sorry we couldn't do more," Briscoe added.

-credit: tp

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Ryan Briscoe
Teams Team Penske