IRL: Indy 500: Team Penske day six practice report

"I decided to go with the Dallara chassis given I feel more comfortable with it -- and I won two Indianapolis 500's with the chassis so why make a change? The Marlboro Team Penske car has been running well all week. The weather changes from ...

"I decided to go with the Dallara chassis given I feel more comfortable with it -- and I won two Indianapolis 500's with the chassis so why make a change? The Marlboro Team Penske car has been running well all week. The weather changes from day-to-day have been a challenge but that is the same for everyone. I think the weather for qualifying will be warm and humid like today. We focused only on our qualifying set-up to make sure we are ready for Saturday. Tomorrow is my birthday so hopefully we'll have something to celebrate."

- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
- Fifth fastest - 230.552 (39.0368 sec.)

"I'm glad we finally decided which chassis to run. I'm going to run the G Force because we were a little faster in that car, but the chassis (Dallara and G Force) were very close. I was fast in qualifying and race trim in both cars. Now we can focus on just one car, which is what's really going to give us the edge. It was a tough day with the higher temperatures and wind but I'm pretty happy with the Marlboro Team Penske car. We tried some qualifying simulations and averaged in the 230 mph range. I don't know if that will be good enough for the pole -- we'll have to see what the weather is like and how things play out tomorrow."

- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, Two-Time CART Champion
- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Panoz G Force/Toyota
- Seventh fastest - 230.539 mph (39.0390 sec.)

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