IRL: Detroit: Team Penske race report

DETROIT (Sept. 2, 2007) -- Team Penske encountered bad luck Sunday when both of its drivers were involved in crashes during the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Helio Castroneves, who started from the pole position, finished 14th after his No. 3...

DETROIT (Sept. 2, 2007) -- Team Penske encountered bad luck Sunday when both of its drivers were involved in crashes during the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

Helio Castroneves, who started from the pole position, finished 14th after his No. 3 Team Penske Honda/Dallara tangled with a car driven by Tomas Scheckter on the 67th lap of the 89-lap race.

"I was putting pressure on him and all of a sudden he shut the door," Castroneves said. "Needless to say, I was a little confused. It's just unfortunate what happened out there. Obviously, I'm not happy with today's result, but I guess it's just one of those racing deals."

Sam Hornish Jr. also was involved in a crash when his No. 6 Team Penske Honda/Dallara crashed with a car driven by Sarah Fisher.

"On the first restart, I saw the No. 5 car [Fisher] letting other cars go, so I thought I would get the same treatment," Hornish said. "However, she turned right into me when I tried to pass her in turn 1, and I ended up in the tire barrier. The contact broke my front suspension and hurt my hand a bit, but fortunately, my crew was awesome in putting the car back together so we could get back out on the track in an attempt to pick up some points."

Hornish returned and eventually finished 12th. He's now fifth in the IndyCar Series driver standings heading into the season finale next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, while Castroneves is sixth.

"We just have to look ahead to Chicago," Castroneves said. "Hopefully, we'll be able to end the season on a high note."

Hornish has won twice at Chicago, along with three other podium finishes.

"I've had a lot of success there in the past, so hopefully, the same will be true this year," he said.

Next Sunday's race begins at 4 p.m. EDT and will be televised live on ABC.

-credit: tp

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Helio Castroneves , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske