Richmond: Team Penske qualifying report

Briscoe and Castroneves Prepared For Saturday Night Fight in Richmond RICHMOND, Va. (June 27, 2008) -- Team Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves are ready for Saturday's SunTrust Indy Challenge at the .75-mile Richmond...

Briscoe and Castroneves Prepared For Saturday Night Fight in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (June 27, 2008) -- Team Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves are ready for Saturday's SunTrust Indy Challenge at the .75-mile Richmond International Raceway, and both are confident they'll be able to take on the shortest track of the 2008 IndyCar Series season.

Ryan Briscoe will start 11th in the 26-car field after the No. 6 Team Penske Honda/Dallara recorded a four-lap average of 165.643 mph. "It was quite challenging out there today because the track and weather conditions seemed to be constantly changing," Briscoe said. "We had to make an educated guess in qualifying after the rain, and my car had a bit of understeer going into Turn 1. However, I was able to work on the car during my run and recover well for the final three laps."

Helio Castroneves will start 18th in the No. 3 Penske Honda/Dallara after posting a four-lap average of 163.353 mph. "We tried everything we could today," he said. "We're going to keep working, and the good news is tomorrow is the day that counts. Hopefully we'll be able to turn things around and bring the Team Penske car home near the front."

Briscoe echoed the sentiment, hoping the team will be able to move forward during the 300-lap race. "We're not at the front of the field, but hopefully we'll be able to move up like we did in Milwaukee and bring home another win," Briscoe said. "The race is really going to be about how your car handles in traffic, and I think that Team Penske will come through once again in giving me a good car."

Castroneves is currently second in the IndyCar series standings, while Briscoe is sixth.

-credit: tp

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Ryan Briscoe
Teams Team Penske