IRL: Nashville: Penske Racing qualifying report

"The Marlboro Team Penske car was very consistent today and I definitely think we're in good shape for tomorrow night (Castroneves is starting second). The car was handling well during both practice sessions and my speeds during qualifying were...

"The Marlboro Team Penske car was very consistent today and I definitely think we're in good shape for tomorrow night (Castroneves is starting second). The car was handling well during both practice sessions and my speeds during qualifying were exactly what I expected. The Team has been working really hard to improve on these types of tracks and today goes to show that the effort is paying off. Tomorrow night will be a tough, but exciting race. The concrete is more abrasive on the tires than asphalt, so it'll be important to remain patient and consistent. In addition, there's really only one groove, so passing will be difficult. It's helpful to be starting up front because hopefully I'll avoid any incidents that may happen during the first few laps. We've built up a lot of momentum today and ideally we'll be able to carry that into the race tomorrow."

Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
Qualified second -- 205.339 mph (22.7916 sec.)

"We primarily worked on our qualifying set-up this morning and made gains throughout both sessions. Our qualifying run was pretty much what I expected. It was a good result for Marlboro Team Penske with Helio (Castroneves) and I both starting in the top-five (Castroneves qualifed second; de Ferran qualified fourth). I think we're looking good for the race. We tested here last week, which gave us a chance to work on our race set-up. Nashville is a relatively tough track to pass on and it's also one of the most physically demanding. It's tight and bumpy and we pull a lot of G's so we've got our work cut out for us tomorrow. "

Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2003 Indianapolis 500 Winner and
Two-Time CART Champion 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
Qualified fourth -- 205.010 mph (22.8281 sec.)

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