IRL: Mid-Ohio: Team Penske race report

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 22, 2007) -- Helio Castroneves' third-place finish in Sunday's Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course wasn't the result he wanted, but he still was thrilled with his top-five. It was Castroneves' best finish since the ...

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 22, 2007) -- Helio Castroneves' third-place finish in Sunday's Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course wasn't the result he wanted, but he still was thrilled with his top-five.

It was Castroneves' best finish since the Indianapolis 500 in May and his second straight in the top six, officially ending a run of terrible luck in which Castroneves failed to break the top 10 for four of five races.

This time, Castroneves started on the pole in the No. 3 Team Penske Honda/Dallara and drove to third.

"We didn't have the strongest car, but I was driving the wheels off it. It's just a shame that (Scott) Dixon beat us in the pits, but that's the way it is," Castroneves said. "I made the call to pit early, and TC [Penske President Tim Cindric] thought it was the right decision. There is no resting in this race. We're pushing all of the time, which is fun. Third place is not what we wanted, but we're coming back from a lot of bad results, so third looks really nice."

While Castroneves was finishing third, teammate Sam Hornish Jr. didn't share in the good fortune. He slid off course late in the race and eventually finished 14th in the No. 6 Team Penske Honda/Dallara.

"I just lost my concentration momentarily and spun off course," Hornish said. "Unfortunately, my mistake put us a lap down and laps are virtually impossible to get back on road courses. I feel bad for the crew because they gave me a great car. Hopefully, they'll do the same for me in a couple of weeks in Michigan, and I'll be able to turn in a better result."

Hornish is fifth in the IndyCar Series standings, while Castroneves is sixth. The season resumes Aug. 5 at Michigan International Speedway.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske