IRL: Phoenix: Team Penske - Castroneves race quote

"I'm happy with the our result today. We finished third in Homestead and second here in Phoenix so we're moving in the right direction. The race was close and very challenging. The Team made a great strategy call by not changing the tires on...

"I'm happy with the our result today. We finished third in Homestead and second here in Phoenix so we're moving in the right direction. The race was close and very challenging. The Team made a great strategy call by not changing the tires on our last pit stop. I've really got to thank my Marlboro Team Penske crew for awesome pit stops and Firestone for making such a durable tire. I did everything I could to win this one but it wasn't meant to be. I had a great battle with Tony (Kanaan) on one of the last restarts (lap 159) but I was on the outside where the track was a little dirty and I couldn't get by him. Running with Tony (Kanaan) and Felipe (Giaffone) was great - just like when we used to run go-karts in Brazil. I want to wish my teammate, Gil (de Ferran), the best and I'm glad he is okay.

I also want to salute the troops in Iraq and wish them a safe return home."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner

-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
-- Second place finish
-- Second in the Championship point standings with 75 points

-mtp-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves
Teams Team Penske