IRL: Richmond: Toyota qualifying report

Castroneves Puts Toyota On Pole At Richmond - Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) set a track record with a 171.202 mph lap to win the pole for Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. - Today's pole is ...

Castroneves Puts Toyota On Pole At Richmond

- Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) set a track record with a 171.202 mph lap to win the pole for Saturday night's SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway.

- Today's pole is Toyota's 12th in 22 IndyCar Series races and its first of the 2004 campaign.

- Toyota-powered drivers took three of the top-six positions in qualifying today with Helio Castroneves leading teammate Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota 0x2022 4th) and Scott Dixon (Target Toyota 0x2022 6th). Tora Takagi (Pioneer Toyota) made it four Toyotas in the top nine with a ninth-place qualifying effort.

- All three Toyota-powered drivers who qualified in the top six tonight finished in the top four of last year's SunTrust Indy Challenge at RIR. Scott Dixon is the defending champion after having won from the pole in dominating fashion 0x2022 leading all 206 laps. This year's pole-sitter Helio Castronves finished second last season, while Sam Hornish was fourth. Last year's third-place finisher was the now-retired Gil de Ferran, racing for Marlboro Team Penske.

- In his last eight short-oval events (under 1.5 miles), Helio Castroneves has been on the podium six times with two wins, three seconds and a third.

- As impressive as Castroneves' short-oval record is, defending RIR champion Scott Dixon has a record to rival the Brazilian's. In seven short oval events, Dixon has won two, finished second in two and was leading in each of the other three events when he suffered a mechanical problem.

Helio Castroneves: Today I'll enjoy it, but tomorrow we'll be back to keep working to stay ahead of these guys. The test day here (a Toyota test on June 3) really helped us. Minimal details make a big difference at Richmond. It believe it will be a great race. There should be a lot more passing upfront."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske