CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Penske Friday Monterrey notes

"I have to say that I really enjoy the track here in Mexico. It's very smooth, challenging and once we got a chance to put some rubber down it's a lot of fun. I must thank my Marlboro Team Penske teammate, Helio (Castroneves), for today's ...

"I have to say that I really enjoy the track here in Mexico. It's very smooth, challenging and once we got a chance to put some rubber down it's a lot of fun. I must thank my Marlboro Team Penske teammate, Helio (Castroneves), for today's success because he is the one who has been testing for us all winter. My injuries from early tests this season have kept me from testing, but Helio and the entire team back at the race shop in Reading have done a wonderful job preparing the car for this weekend. We need to continue to improve tomorrow as the track gets better."


-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, #1 2001 Marlboro Honda Reynard
-- Fastest practice time - 1:18.581 min.

"Today I did everything that I shouldn't do -- I was spinning and crashing -- but the good news is everything turned out okay. In the beginning of the afternoon practice session, I was on the inside of the #26 car (Tracy) at the end of the back stretch and my right front tire made contact with his left rear tire damaging my right front suspension. We went to the back-up car and I was able to finish the session in third. The Marlboro car was very good and the track was getting better as we ran so I hope the grip level continues to improve for qualifying and the race. We've got some work to do tonight and we'll get back at it tomorrow."


-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, #3 2001 Marlboro Honda Reynard
-- Third fastest practice time - 1:18.916 min.

-MTP

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