CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Penske Road America qualifying notes

Gil de Ferran "It was a tough session this afternoon, it wasn't looking pretty for a while -- I managed to spin twice in my first two laps. But we came in and made some changes to the Marlboro car and were able to improve it for the final laps. ...

Gil de Ferran
"It was a tough session this afternoon, it wasn't looking pretty for a while -- I managed to spin twice in my first two laps. But we came in and made some changes to the Marlboro car and were able to improve it for the final laps. We knew going into qualifying that it would be a 'last lap special', in these types of conditions you always know you're going to go for it on the last lap. There's a lot more pressure because you know that you can't afford to make a mistake, but that's all part of the job. It's unfortunate it had to rain because the car has been so good all weekend in the dry conditions."

Helio Castroneves
"We decided to go with the back-up car (3X) for qualifying because it had the full wet set-up. The Marlboro car was okay during the first stint but the track was really wet. We decided to make a change to the car for my second stint as the track started to dry, which was a definite improvement. I really went for it on my last lap but I was the first guy out of the pits so the cars behind me actually had a drier track and were able to put down faster lap times. In the end, I'm happy and we'll see what happens tomorrow. We aren't going to try anything crazy especially given my history at this track on the first lap."

-MTP

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