IRL: Michigan: Team Penske Friday report

"We worked on both qualifying and race set-ups today. During the morning practice, we focused on qualifying and we were faster than when we tested here a couple of weeks ago so we look pretty good for tomorrow. This afternoon, we focused on race...

"We worked on both qualifying and race set-ups today. During the morning practice, we focused on qualifying and we were faster than when we tested here a couple of weeks ago so we look pretty good for tomorrow. This afternoon, we focused on race set-up and tried to simulate race conditions by running in traffic and the car handled well. Tomorrow morning we'll shift gears back to our qualifying set-up and hope to put the Marlboro Team Penske car at the front of the grid."

-Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
Seventh fastest combined practice time -- 32.4920 sec. (221.593 mph)

"We focused on our race set-up today to see where we stacked up against the competition. The Marlboro Team Penske car was okay, but we've still got some work to do. Our suspicions that Sunday will be a drafting race were confirmed out there. There was a lot of drafting and close driving, especially towards the end of the afternoon session. It was helpful, because we got a chance to see what the conditions will be like on the track during the race. Tomorrow, we'll focus on our qualifying set-up and hopefully we'll be able to put the car near the front."

- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2003 Indianapolis 500 Winner and Two-Time CART Champion 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
11th fastest combined practice time -- 32.6085 sec. (220.801 mph)

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