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Team Penske Drivers Qualify Solidly At Milwaukee Mile

May 31, 2008

Photo courtesy IMS Photo.



WEST ALLIS, Wis. (May 31, 2008) –  Team Penske cars and drivers are solidly in the front half of the field for the start of Sunday’s ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile.

Helio Castroneves, who won the pole the previous two years at Milwaukee, will start fifth in the 26-car field Sunday after recording a four-lap average of 166.667 mph Saturday in the No. 3 Team Penske Honda/Dallara.  “Our first lap during qualifying was really quick, but after that I really had to fight the car,” Castroneves said. “We’re disappointed that we weren’t able to make it three poles in a row here, but we now know where to go with our setup for tomorrow. I’m really happy with the work that the Team Penske crew has put in today and I think we’re going to be in great shape for the race tomorrow.”

Teammate Ryan Briscoe will start 11th after his No. 6 Team Penske Honda/Dallara was clocked at an average of 164.106 mph. "It was a bit of a tough day at the office," Briscoe said. "We didn't quite find the right rhythm during morning practice so it made it difficult to set up the car for qualifying. The good news is that now we have a better sense of what we need to do to improve the car for the race. Hopefully tomorrow the Team Penske car will be competitive and we'll be able to earn a solid result."

The ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 will be telecast live in High Definition at 4 p.m. (EDT) by ABC. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPNDeportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio and www.indycar.com.

 Qualifying Saturday for the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt Indy 225 IndyCar Series event on the 1-mile Milwaukee Mile, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine and average speed (4 lap average):

1. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 168.079 mph (1:26.9591 total time for four laps)

2. (06) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 167.654

3. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 167.637

4. (8) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 167.265

5. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 166.667 (1:27.6957)

6. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 166.473

7. (10) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 166.195

8. (36) Enrique Bernoldi, Dallara-Honda, 165.216

9. (5) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 165.190

10. (33) EJ Viso, Dallara-Honda, 164.843

11. (6) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 164.106 (1:29.0644)

12. (17) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 164.066

13. (7) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 163.702

14. (27) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 163.368

15. (18) Bruno Junqueira, Dallara-Honda, 163.123

16. (24) John Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 162.449

17. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 162.139

18. (2) A.J. Foyt IV, Dallara-Honda, 162.049

19. (15) Buddy Rice, Dallara-Honda, 161.903

20. (14) Darren Manning, Dallara-Honda, 160.787

21. (23) Townsend Bell, Dallara-Honda, 160.311

22. (02) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 159.927

23. (19) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 155.511

24. (34) Jaime Camara, Dallara-Honda, 154.613

25. (96) Mario Dominguez, Dallara-Honda, 150.071

26. (4) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, no speed

Note: Car 25 did not make a qualification attempt.