IRL: Texas II: Team Penske Friday quotes

"Today we worked on the race set-up in both practice sessions. As the afternoon went on, the Marlboro Team Penske car was handling better and better. In the second session I was able to run side-by-side with several other drivers, so we were able...

"Today we worked on the race set-up in both practice sessions. As the afternoon went on, the Marlboro Team Penske car was handling better and better. In the second session I was able to run side-by-side with several other drivers, so we were able to simulate the conditions we'll see on Sunday. The car is working well and I think we'll be in good shape for the race. Tomorrow we'll switch gears and work on our qualifying set-up and hopefully we'll be near the front."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 and 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Sixth fastest combined time - 23.7843 sec. (220.229 mph)

"Overall, I'd say it was a very good first day. Everything went smoothly and according to plan. I was able to get comfortable in the car and get a feel for the track. The IRL cars can run much closer than the CART cars. We focused on race set-up and tried to run with traffic. We made some changes from the morning to the afternoon session, and the Marlboro Team Penske car was handling well. We need to be careful that there isn't too much drag in the car. Tomorrow we'll go out and work on our speed for qualifying."

-- Max Papis, Marlboro Team Penske
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- 14th fastest combined time - 23.8973 sec. (219.188 mph)

-mtp-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Max Papis
Teams Team Penske