Marlboro Team Penske post-race quotes "It was a very good day for Marlboro Team Penske with Helio (Castroneves) and I finishing second and third (de Ferran finished second; Castroneves finished third), and for Toyota with a one-two-three finish...
Marlboro Team Penske post-race quotes
"It was a very good day for Marlboro Team Penske with Helio (Castroneves) and I finishing second and third (de Ferran finished second; Castroneves finished third), and for Toyota with a one-two-three finish in their IRL IndyCar Series debut. We had a great race car and ran strong all day. Unfortunately, (Scott) Dixon just beat us out of the pits on our last stop (lap 147). We were running about the same pace and once he got in the lead we just couldn't get by him. I was trying everything I could to pass him. Every single time he caught a backmarker I closed the gap and thought okay this could be it but he did a great job working the traffic and didn't make any mistakes. While it was a good result, it is only the first race and we need to keep our focus and get ready for Phoenix."
-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, Two-Time CART Champion
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
-- Second place finish
-- Most laps led - 92
-- Second in the Championship point standings with 42 points
"I'm very happy to have finished third this afternoon. It's a great result and I'm glad we're starting the season off on the right foot. At the beginning of the race, the Marlboro Team Penske car was handling very well and was really strong. Towards the end of the race, the wind began affecting the set-up of the car and I just focused on keeping up with the leaders. Fortunately, I was able to hold on and bring the car home in third. The Team did a fantastic job on all of our pit stops and this was a good way to begin the year. Now we have to work hard to make sure we carry this momentum through the season and remain competitive.
-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
-- Third place finish
-- Third in the Championship point standings with 35 points