IRL: Motegi: Team Penske race report

"I knew I'd have to be patient starting 15th on the grid. My car was loose at first but got better as the race went on. We were in the top-ten (seventh position) by our second pit stop (lap 80) and able to work our way through the field to finish...

"I knew I'd have to be patient starting 15th on the grid. My car was loose at first but got better as the race went on. We were in the top-ten (seventh position) by our second pit stop (lap 80) and able to work our way through the field to finish in the top-three (Castroneves finished third). I've got to thank my Marlboro Team Penske crew for great pit stops and a great strategy. We were actually able to go the distance without making any changes to the car. Firestone deserves a lot of credit as well --- we went the last 58 laps on one set of tires."
    Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner

#3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
Finished third
Third in the Championship standings with 106 points

"It was a tough day for us. At the beginning of the race, the Marlboro Team Penske car had understeer so we made a front wing adjustment during our first pit stop. The car then went a bit loose so we made another change on the second stop. I think we were right where we needed to be at that point, but unfortunately, on lap 88 as we went into the corner (turn one) too many cars were going for the same spot and the car in front of me got on the brakes. The car next to me ran into my left front tire putting me in the wall. It's too bad our day ended early, because while we may not have had the car to win, we had made gains and I was looking forward to seeing how the rest of the race played out."
    Sam Hornish Jr., Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 IRL IndyCar Series Champion

#6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
Placed 19th
Sixth in the Championship standings with 77 points

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