IRL: Texas II: Team Penske Saturday report

"I'm very happy with today's practice sessions and I think we've got a good race set up. The Marlboro Team Penske car is consistent and works well in traffic. We are approaching tomorrow like we would any other race; we need to stay focused and...

"I'm very happy with today's practice sessions and I think we've got a good race set up. The Marlboro Team Penske car is consistent and works well in traffic. We are approaching tomorrow like we would any other race; we need to stay focused and execute. There are a lot of other competitors trying to win this race, whether or not they are in the Championship chase, so it is going to be a real chess match and a very exciting season finale."

Helio Castroneves, Marlboro Team Penske, 2001 & 2002 Indianapolis 500 Winner 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
Second fastest in final practice - 222.732 mph (23.5170 sec.)

"I'm happy with how the Marlboro Team Penske car handled today and I think we'll be very competitive tomorrow. I was reasonably fast by myself and the car was good in traffic as well. It's great to be starting on the pole tomorrow, however there are a lot of laps ahead of us so we'll have to stay patient and maintain our focus. This race is always unpredictable, but I think we have just as good a chance as anyone to come away with a victory."

Gil de Ferran, Marlboro Team Penske, 2003 Indianapolis 500 Winner and Two-Time CART Champion 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota
Tenth fastest in final practice - 221.520 mph (23.6457 sec.)

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran
Teams Team Penske