DETROIT, Mich. (August 30, 2008) - Both Team Penske drivers put themselves in position to win the Detroit Indy Grand Prix by qualifying within the top five Saturday on the difficult 14-turn, 2.07-mile street course.
“I knew this was going to be between Scott and me,” said Castroneves of his qualifying effort, which included three segments – 20 minutes, 15 minutes and 10 minutes – in which the fastest six from each advance to the next round. “I really tried. I was pushing as hard as I could, but unfortunately we couldn't put in a better lap. Second is pretty good. We're going to try to do everything we can to win the race tomorrow.”
"It was the usual extremely competitive qualifying session,” said Briscoe. “We’ve been working on the car, and we definitely made some gains. Being in the top six again is great. It was a good effort from Team Penske and certainly put us in a good position for the race."
Briscoe pulled double duty this weekend by competing in the No. 6 LMP2 DHL Penske Porsche RS Spyder in the American Le Mans Series. He teamed later Saturday with Patrick Long in the Detroit Sports Car Challenge at Belle Isle, finishing in sixth spot overall/in class.
“It's been a little busy with me doing double duty, but it‘s gone very well,” said Briscoe. “Team Penske made some good progress and I learned a lot today, so now I think we just have to go back and figure out what we need to do to be a little quicker tomorrow."
The Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone is scheduled for Aug. 31 at The Raceway at
Qualifying Saturday for the Detroit Indy Grand Prix presented by Firestone IndyCar Series event on the 2.07-mile The Raceway at Belle Isle Park, with starting position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, speed and elimination round:
1. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 103.090, Firestone Fast Six
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 102.412, Firestone Fast Six
3. (5) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 102.136, Firestone Fast Six
4. (02) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 102.008, Firestone Fast Six
5. (6) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 101.942, Firestone Fast Six
6. (06) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 101.186, Firestone Fast Six
7. (17) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 102.151, Segment Two
8. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 101.756, Segment Two
9. (33) E.J. Viso, Dallara-Honda, 101.339, Segment Two
10. (7) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 100.817, Segment Two
11. (10) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 100.803, Segment Two
12. (8) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, No speed, Segment Two
13. (26) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 100.482, Segment One
14. (4) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 101.157, Segment One
15. (14) Darren Manning, Dallara-Honda, 100.348, Segment One
16. (27) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 100.838, Segment One
17. (2) A.J. Foyt IV, Dallara-Honda, 100.231, Segment One
18. (15) Buddy Rice, Dallara-Honda, 99.232, Segment One
19. (19) Mario Moraes, Dallara-Honda, 100.048, Segment One
20. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 98.956, Segment One
21. (36) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 97.233, Segment One
22. (34) Jaime Camara, Dallara-Honda, 97.152, Segment One
23. (23) Milka Duno, Dallara-Honda, 94.226, Segment One
24. (18) Bruno Junqueira, Dallara-Honda, 90.442, Segment One
25. (25) Marty Roth, Dalla