IRL: California: Team Penske qualifying quotes

"Fundamentally I'm disappointed with our qualifying run. The car is good but we're not getting enough speed out of it. I was flat the whole way around and the car is totally trimmed out, but we haven't been able to get that extra half a mile per...

"Fundamentally I'm disappointed with our qualifying run. The car is good but we're not getting enough speed out of it. I was flat the whole way around and the car is totally trimmed out, but we haven't been able to get that extra half a mile per hour that would put us in the top-six. The Marlboro car should be good for the race. We're going to try to run with some of the guys this afternoon and see how we do in traffic. No one really knows what to expect tomorrow. I'm thinking this race should be somewhere in between a race like Indianapolis and Texas."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, Two-Time National Champion
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Qualified 13th - 33.0473 sec. (217.870 mph)

"We knew we wouldn't have a fast car today - I was flat out all the way, we just didn't have the speed. We weren't as quick this morning as we were yesterday, but I think that's mostly because there's no one to draft with during qualifying. It doesn't matter where you start, because it's such a long race. With a 400-mile event, you can win from anywhere on the grid. Obviously it will be difficult, but it's certainly possible. There'll be guys out there trying to get to the front early and wearing out their equipment, so it's important that we stay patient and make sure we're there at the finish. Marlboro Team Penske has been working hard all weekend and hopefully we'll have what it takes tomorrow."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Qualified 16th - 33.0997 sec. (217.525 mph)

-mtp-

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