IRL: Michigan: Team Penske qualifying quotes

"I'm extremely happy with our qualifying effort today. I thought we'd do a 221.2 mph or 221.3 mph so we were surprised with a lap of 221.953 mph. I think the wind helped a little especially on the back straight. At a track like Michigan,...

"I'm extremely happy with our qualifying effort today. I thought we'd do a 221.2 mph or 221.3 mph so we were surprised with a lap of 221.953 mph. I think the wind helped a little especially on the back straight. At a track like Michigan, starting position isn't the most important factor, but it's always good to be up front to avoid any problems. The key for the race will be a good, consistent car in traffic. Marlboro Team Penske tested here a couple of weeks ago and it seemed to pay off in qualifying -- I hope the same will be true for the race."

Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota@Qualified third - 32.4393 sec. (221.953 mph)

""I'm happy with our qualifying run. We had a disrupted practice session this morning due to a mechanical problem. We didn't have much time to prepare, so starting in the top-ten (de Ferran qualified ninth) is good enough for me. It'll be a long race tomorrow and there will be plenty of time to work our way through the field. I think this is probably the most unpredictable race we run all year. We just have to make sure we stay patient and hopefully we'll bring the Marlboro Team Penske car home in a good position."

Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2003 Indianapolis 500 Winner and Two-Time CART Champion 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
Qualified ninth - 32.5988 sec. (220.867 mph)

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