IRL: Nashville: Team Penske race report

LEBANON, Tenn. (July 15, 2007) -- Sam Hornish Jr.'s fourth-place finish and teammate Helio Castroneves' sixth in Sunday's rain-delayed Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway kept both drivers in the hunt for this year's IndyCar Series ...

LEBANON, Tenn. (July 15, 2007) -- Sam Hornish Jr.'s fourth-place finish and teammate Helio Castroneves' sixth in Sunday's rain-delayed Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway kept both drivers in the hunt for this year's IndyCar Series championship.

Hornish battled back to remain fifth in the drivers' standings after 11 of 17 races this season. He's now fifth, 105 points behind leader Dario Franchitti, but just eight points out of third place.

"We missed the setup at the beginning of the race, but as the day went on we were able to make some tweaks that allowed the Team Penske car to improve significantly," Hornish said after the race on the 1.33-mile concrete track. "We got to the point where we could make some passes and move up in the field. It's tough because we were running our fastest laps towards the end of the race."

Castroneves is now sixth in the standings, 44 points behind Hornish. Castroneves' sixth-place finish ended a run of bad luck for the No. 3 team, which had finished in the top 10 only once in the previous five races.

"Some people might not be very happy with a sixth-place finish, but after the string of tough races that we've had recently, we're pretty pleased to score some solid points," Castroneves said after the race that was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon due to rain. "It was challenging out there today because the track was really slick. Thankfully, we didn't make any mistakes, and the Team Penske crew was great once again in the pits. If it wasn't for those guys, we probably would have finished a couple of spots lower. I can't say enough about this team and how they've all stayed behind me through this tough stretch. Hopefully, it's all behind us now and we'll be able to finish out the season strong."

The season resumes Sunday with the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The race begins at 1:30 p.m. ETD and will be televised live on ABC.

-credit: tp

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