IRL: Nazareth: Team Penske race report

"It was a great win today and I'm extremely happy for everyone at Marlboro Team Penske. To be able to win in the Team's backyard (the race shop is based in Reading, PA) made it even more special and I'm glad I was able to do it for my guys. Today...

"It was a great win today and I'm extremely happy for everyone at Marlboro Team Penske. To be able to win in the Team's backyard (the race shop is based in Reading, PA) made it even more special and I'm glad I was able to do it for my guys. Today was a real team effort - my Firestone tires held up all race, and the Toyota engine was incredible - when I needed to conserve fuel I could and when I needed the horsepower it was right there. My engineer did a great job in setting up the car and the crew's pit stops were excellent. Nazareth is a very tough track and nothing is ever easy here. Sometimes it comes down to mileage, sometimes it's the yellows and sometimes its traffic, but today everything came together for us and it was perfect.

It's awesome to be in the points lead and I'm going to enjoy it, at least for the next two weeks. This Championship is like the stock market - one week you're up and the next you're down. But it's not over until the fat lady sings so we have to keep working, keep focused and keep finishing races."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
-- Race winner
-- First in the Championship standings with 429 points

"This was one of the most difficult races I've had in a long time. The car was really loose all day and I was just trying to survive out there. We made changes to the car during our pit stops and it was handling better at the beginning of the last stint, but started to go loose again at the end of the race. To bring it home in fourth place was actually a good result for us. We also benefited from Tony's (Kanaan) and Scott's (Dixon) misfortune, but that's racing. Congratulations to Helio (Castroneves) on his win. Marlboro Team Penske heads into the last three races first and second in the Championship (Castroneves leads with 429 points; de Ferran is second with 404 points) so it should be an exciting sprint to the finish."

-- Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, Two-Time CART Champion and 2003 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
-- Fourth place finish
-- Second in the Championship standings with 404 points

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