IRL: Kentucky: Team Penske race quotes

"It was a tough day but we learned a lot out there. Kentucky is one circuit where it looks like some of the other tracks we run on but it is definitely unique. The Marlboro Team Penske crew did a great job on pit stops today which helped us gain...

"It was a tough day but we learned a lot out there. Kentucky is one circuit where it looks like some of the other tracks we run on but it is definitely unique. The Marlboro Team Penske crew did a great job on pit stops today which helped us gain valuable track position. At the beginning of the race, the car wasn't consistent so we made changes during the first two pit stops which improved the handling. My third stint was the best the car was all day. At the end of the race, the car picked up understeer but we were able to hang on and finish fifth which is good for the Championship. The points race is getting tighter and tighter. It looks more like the Championship is going to come down to four of us; me, my teammate, Gil (de Ferran), Sam (Hornish) and Felippe (Giaffone). It will probably be decided on the last lap of the last race in Texas which should be very exciting."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Fifth place finish
-- Second in the IRL Championship point standings with 395 points

"The Marlboro Team Penske car was good at the start, however as the race went on we built up some understeer as the left front tire became blistered. I was dropping back in the field when the #20 car (Richie Hearn) came by me on the outside. My right front tire touched his left rear tire and it broke my right front top wishbone. I came into the pits (on lap 24) and we repaired the suspension. Unfortunately we didn't have time to go to the set-up pad, so the car wasn't particularly well balanced after that. We spent the rest of the day biding our time so we could run as many laps as possible in order to earn points in the Championship.

As far as the Championship is concerned we're on the up and up. We've been racing well at each track we've been to and it just wasn't our day today. Overall, the points race is still wide open and it looks like it'll go right down to the final lap in Texas."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2000 & 2001 CART Champion
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- 21st place finish
-- Third in the IRL Championship point standings with 386 points

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