IRL: Texas II: Team Penske race quotes

"It was a great season and the competition was unbelievable. Today's finish was another testament to the close racing in the IRL and we're proud to be a part of this series. I want to congratulate Sam (Hornish, Jr.) and the Panther Team --...

"It was a great season and the competition was unbelievable. Today's finish was another testament to the close racing in the IRL and we're proud to be a part of this series. I want to congratulate Sam (Hornish, Jr.) and the Panther Team -- they're a real class act."

-- Roger Penske, Marlboro Team Penske

"There's no way I can be upset today, Marlboro Team Penske worked so hard all season and I couldn't ask for anything more. I'm a little disappointed that we didn't win the Championship, but I'm very satisfied with our performance this year. I also want to congratulate Sam (Hornish Jr.) and his Team; they did a good job all season. What a great race, Sam and I were fighting each other hard all the way through and like I predicted all along it came down to the final lap of the season. It was a fair, clean finish and we were able to provide the fans with some exciting racing. It's a shame my teammate Gil (de Ferran) wasn't able to be a part of this today, we've all worked so hard this year and I wish he were able to take a run at the Championship as well. I've had a fantastic year and I'm honored to be a part of such a great organization. I'm also proud to be involved in the IRL; it's a fantastic Series and the racing has been so competitive all season."

-- Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 and 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner
-- #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Finished 2nd

"I really felt we had a chance to do well today. We had a good start and were running as planned. After about the first 30 to 40 laps, however, it was harder to maintain the pace. The car was pushing so we made changes during our pit stops and the handling improved. We were running 12th with about 35 laps to go when unfortunately we lost power. I wish I could have contributed more but everyone did their best today, and everyone at Marlboro Team Penske should feel proud for the terrific job they've done in their 'rookie' IRL season. Thanks to everyone on the Team for a great weekend."

-- Max Papis, Marlboro Team Penske
-- #6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
-- Placed 21st

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Max Papis , Roger Penske
Teams Team Penske