This weekend, the CART FedEx Championship Series is in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia for the Honda Indy 300. While the race is still five days away, Marlboro Team Penske's journey to the land down under actually began last week. On ...
This weekend, the CART FedEx Championship Series is in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia for the Honda Indy 300.
While the race is still five days away, Marlboro Team Penske's journey to the land down under actually began last week. On Thursday, October 5 at the Penske Race Shop in Reading, PA., the transporters were loaded with literally tons of equipment including four 2000 Marlboro Honda Reynards (the #2 and #3 primary and back-up cars) then driven to Indianapolis. Once in Indianapolis, Marlboro Team Penske's equipment was packed and loaded onto cargo planes along with the equipment of other CART teams and flown to Australia.
On Monday, October 9, Marlboro Team Penske drivers
Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves and their crews depart for Australia. Finally on Wednesday, October 11, the CART teams and their equipment will be reunited at the track to begin preparation for race weekend.
De Ferran and Castroneves are looking forward to racing through the streets of Surfers Paradise and are optimistic that they can perform well on this course. De Ferran heads into Sunday's race leading the CART FedEx Series Championship with 153 points -- 19 points over Paul Tracy who is second with 134 points.
DE FERRAN ON AUSTRALIA
"Even though there is a lot at stake, nothing changes in our approach to the race in Surfers Paradise in my mind. Marlboro Team Penske still has to perform well and tackle the race with the same focus and commitment as we have every other race. As far as our expectations, I believe we'll have a good car there since we've done well on the street circuits this season."
CASTRONEVES ON AUSTRALIA
"I really look forward to going to Australia. The fans are very enthusiastic and the atmosphere in Surfers Paradise is great. Marlboro Team Penske has been performing well on street courses this season, and we're coming off of a top-five finish for both Gil (de Ferran) and I in Houston so we're hoping to continue the trend and finish in the points at the Honda Indy 300."
MARLBORO TEAM PENSKE FAST FACTS
On the ten road/street courses run to date, Marlboro Team Penske has a total of four wins, six poles, eight podium finishes and sixteen top-five starts.
De Ferran has scored 99 of his 153 points in eight of the ten road/street course races he's run this season. His average starting position on road/street courses is 2.6 and his average finishing position is 7.4.
De Ferran has scored points in fourteen of the eighteen races he's run this season, including podium finishes in four of the last seven races. Castroneves leads the Series in laps led on road/street courses with 245 laps.
Castroneves has started on the front row in four of ten road/street course races this season and started in the top-five in seven of the ten races.
Castroneves has earned points in the last four of the five road/street courses he's run this season. His average starting position on road/street courses is 4.1 and his average finishing position is 8.3.
To date, Marlboro Team Penske has a total of five wins, more than any other team, including two 1-2 finishes at Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca.