CHAMPCAR/CART: Penske Road America post-race quotes

Helio is now leading the Championship by five points "The Marlboro car was really, really fast today and I actually thought at one point we were going to win this thing. Unfortunately we got stuck in traffic and we lost a lot of time behind the...

Helio is now leading the Championship by five points

"The Marlboro car was really, really fast today and I actually thought at one point we were going to win this thing. Unfortunately we got stuck in traffic and we lost a lot of time behind the #18 (Dixon) and #16 (Jourdain) cars -- we just couldn't get by them. While there was a lot of passing, it all seemed to be banzai passing. After our last pit stop (we only took on fuel) we were able to get out of the pits before Helio and I thought we were set to win. However, there was a group of guys who came in to top off during the last yellow and they were able to stretch their lead before pitting and get back out before us, but that's the way the dice fall. The good thing is that Marlboro Team Penske closed up the points -- Helio has moved into first and I'm only 11 behind in third."

Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, #1 Marlboro Honda Reynard
Fifth place finish
Third in the CART FedEx Championship Series Point Standings -- 99

"I'm very happy with today's result because we're leaving Elkhart Lake leading the Championship point standings (Castroneves has 110 points, 5 points ahead of second place Kenny Brack). We got lucky on our strategy by staying out when the leaders pitted on lap 11 for slicks (tires) which put us in the lead and were then able to refuel, put on slicks, and work on the Marlboro car under red flag conditions. We maintained the lead until we stopped on lap 35 and ended up getting another point for most laps led and at this time in the season, every point is important."

Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, #3 Marlboro Honda Reynard
Seventh place finish
First in the CART FedEx Championship Series Point Standings -- 110

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