"We played it better safe than sorry today. Our first qualifying attempt was not very good so we waved it off. We were the first ones out on the track and the conditions were different than what they were during practice. Marlboro Team Penske did...
"We played it better safe than sorry today. Our first qualifying attempt was not very good so we waved it off. We were the first ones out on the track and the conditions were different than what they were during practice. Marlboro Team Penske did a great job making a change to the car and getting me back in line for a second qualifying run. On the second attempt, the car was very consistent and I was able to maintain the throttle the whole way around. Even with just one green flag lap, we were able to put it in the top-five (Castroneves qualified fourth) and that's what we wanted. Tomorrow is going to be a battle so we need to be patient and make sure we're there at the end."
-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Qualified fourth - 220.387 mph (24.1757 sec.)
"I'm a little disappointed with today's qualifying run - the track was completely different from our last practice session (due to the NASCAR All-Pro race). It's hard to know where to aim when you don't know what the track is going to be like. We played it conservatively with the information we got from Helio (Castroneves) after he aborted his first run. It's too bad we couldn't have done better today, however, I still think the Marlboro Team Penske car is going to be okay for the race tomorrow. We'll just have to see where we end up."
-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2000 & 2001 CART Champion
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Qualified tenth - 219.557 mph (24.2871 seconds)