Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves secured his second Verizon IndyCar Series P1 Award at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday following his P1 Award here in 2002 and won the race as well.
Speaking after claiming the P1 Award, Castroneves stated:
It’s an honor to be breaking the record, which has been holding for 20 years, and now we’re able to show that Verizon IndyCar Series cars are fast, he REV Group car was really on rails, We came here in the preseason, we showed that and we kept going. The temperatures were really difficult because of the temperature and you’ve got to push to the limit, and we definitely pushed to the limit.
Castroneves went on to describe his pole lap by saying:
My first lap was pretty good and the second lap was a little bit of a moments in Turns 3 and 4, which I was not expecting that. That’s probably why it was huge. But at the end of the day, we were able to put the No. 3 in the pole position and now have got to focus for tomorrow.
Chip Ganassi Racing Team’s Tony Kanaan in the No.10 GE Light LED Chevrolet who will start tomorrow’s race from second place commented by saying:
If you look at the results, I’m always being extremely competitive at the mile ovals, You look at Milwaukee, you look at Iowa, you look at here – I think this is a little bit of both. Obviously I can’t make miracles if I don’t have the car, but I think my engineer described it the best to me. Todd (Malloy) has been with me for two years now, and he was saying that in his opinion, in his point of view, my ceiling for this type of tracks is a little bit above that of people he worked with before. So I think that is a pretty good compliment.”
TK will be hoping that he can put the No.10 car in victory lane to claim a hat-trick of wins here to add to his victories from 2003 and 2004.
Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Juan Pablo Montoya will start the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix from third place.