"Marlboro Team Penske did a great job today and I'm very happy with our qualifying run. I was only expecting to go about 218 mph (Castroneves qualified sixth with a lap of 219.091 mph). We're starting in the top-ten which is all you need to do...
"Marlboro Team Penske did a great job today and I'm very happy with our qualifying run. I was only expecting to go about 218 mph (Castroneves qualified sixth with a lap of 219.091 mph). We're starting in the top-ten which is all you need to do with such a long race. Tomorrow will be tough - it's a long distance with a lot of pit stops, so consistency will be the important thing. Our approach will be to treat the event as if it were 500-miles, and I certainly remember what happened the last time we had a 500-mile race (Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500). There will be wheel-to-wheel racing all day, so it should be very exciting. I'm sure the winner will be decided in the final laps. Now that qualifying is over, we'll begin preparing for tomorrow and hopefully we'll be able to earn some points towards the Championship."
-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Qualified sixth - 219.091 mph (32.8631 seconds)
"I'm slightly disappointed with our qualifying run today. We played it conservative on our qualifying set-up and didn't get as much speed out of the Marlboro Team Penske car. I feel confident for tomorrow given the car is handling well, and hopefully our prior experience here will help us. We need to stay in contact with the leaders and if the car is handling well we should be able to move up through the field. Drafting will play a role so we need to pick a fast guy and follow him. It's going to be a long race and we need to take it one step at a time. The race should be very close and entertaining for the fans."
-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2000 & 2001 National Champion
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Qualified 17th - 217.427 mph (33.1146 sec.)