CHAMPCAR/CART: Tem Penske Motegi Thursday notes

Thursday, May 17, 2001 "The Marlboro car was good right out of the box today. I am very comfortable so far given the car feels very smooth and the Honda power is strong. We did a long run this afternoon and the car was consistent on full tanks.

Thursday, May 17, 2001

"The Marlboro car was good right out of the box today. I am very comfortable so far given the car feels very smooth and the Honda power is strong. We did a long run this afternoon and the car was consistent on full tanks. Tomorrow is the day that counts. The times are already faster than last year and I expect we'll be even quicker on Friday for qualifying."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, #3 2001 Marlboro Honda Reynard

-- Second fastest combined time, 26.192 sec.

"I'm happy with where we stand. We had a decent morning session -- nothing special but no real problems. In the afternoon, we made big gains and improved our time by more than three tenths of a second. I did a long run and was very happy with the balance of the Marlboro car. I feel we are in good shape for the rest of the weekend."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, #1 2001 Marlboro Honda Reynard

-- 10th fastest combined time, 26.353 sec.

-MTP

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