IRL: St. Pete: Toyota Saturday report

CASTRONEVES' SECOND PACES TOYOTA IN ST. PETE QUALIFYING Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) qualified second for the IRL's first-ever road course event in preparation for Sunday's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in leading nine Toyota-powered...

CASTRONEVES' SECOND PACES TOYOTA IN ST. PETE QUALIFYING

Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) qualified second for the IRL's first-ever road course event in preparation for Sunday's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in leading nine Toyota-powered cars in qualifying. Castroneves placed second in the initial single-car qualifying and then climbed up into the top spot during Firestone Fast Six qualifying before slipping to second behind Bryan Herta.

For the third consecutive race, Helio Castroneves was the highest Toyota-powered competitor in second. Castroneves qualified third in the most recent IndyCar Series race at Phoenix.

Toyota will be looking for its third victory in the last four IRL races tomorrow after winning the most recent race at Phoenix (Sam Hornish) and last year's season finale at Texas (Helio Castroneves).

Despite not having competed on a road course since his Toyota Atlantic Championship days in 1999, Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Toyota) registered a Fast Six qualifying effort with a fifth in single-car qualifying and finished sixth in Fast Six qualifying.

Rookie Ryan Briscoe (Target/Pioneer Toyota) earned a career-best qualifying mark of 10th. Briscoe, in his first season racing in the U.S., registered more than 6,000 miles of testing with the Toyota Formula One team a year ago -- and ran more than 12,000 miles overall as a Toyota test driver.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Bryan Herta , Ryan Briscoe , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis