IRL: Michigan: Team Penske Friday notes

"We used today's practice sessions to work on the race set-up of the Marlboro Team Penske car. Overall, it was a productive day and I'm happy with our results. The set-up we used got better and better as the day went on. Tomorrow, we'll work on...

"We used today's practice sessions to work on the race set-up of the Marlboro Team Penske car. Overall, it was a productive day and I'm happy with our results. The set-up we used got better and better as the day went on. Tomorrow, we'll work on our qualifying set-up in the morning and we'll just have to see how we measure up."
-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Fifth fastest practice time - 220.283 mph (32.6853 seconds)

"Overall the day went okay, but we're not exactly where we want to be yet. The morning practice session was disrupted with rain so we didn't get to do everything we had planned. We were working on race the set-up today trying to make the Marlboro Team Penske car handle well. Unfortunately, we don't always start with a great car. If you're lucky, sometimes you start with a car that's 90%; or you have a car that is 70%; or a car that is somewhere in between. We use the practice sessions to tune the car out. Basically what I look for is to make the car easy to drive because typically when the car is easy to drive it is easier to get more speed out of it in the race. We're making progress and hopefully we'll be in good shape for Sunday. Tomorrow we'll switch our focus to qualifying."


-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2000 & 2001 National Champion
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- 14th fastest combined practice speed - 219.175 mph (32.8504 sec.)

-mtp-

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