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Old 16 Mar 2002, 21:51 (Ref:236839)   #1
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Helio edges Hornish for Phoenix Pole

2001 Indianapolis 500 winner Castroneves earned his first career MBNA Pole at Phoenix International Raceway with a fast lap of 20.0124 seconds, 179.888 mph in the No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. Indy Racing League points leader Sam Hornish Jr. will start alongside Castroneves on the front row after a top lap of 20.0295, 179.735 in the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

“We worked very hard to achieve that,” Castroneves said. “I do believe that was as fast as I could go. The car felt very good, very strong. Hopefully for the race, we can keep the same speed.”

Said Hornish: “I had to lift just a little bit going down into Turn 1, and right after I did that, I said to myself, ‘I can’t believe I just did that.’ I probably could have been down in the 19s, but it’s just one of those things.”

de Ferran, Castroneves’ teammate, led both pre-qualifying practices for this event but only managed to earn the seventh starting spot at 20.2621, 177.672 in the No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

“I’m not exactly sure what happened this afternoon,” de Ferran said. “The Marlboro car was good today, we just didn’t have the speed we had in the earlier session. We’ll have to go back and look closely at the data to see if we can find something. Tomorrow is a new day.”

The Bombardier ATV Copper World Indy 200 starts at 4 p.m. (EST) Sunday and will be televised live on ABC. Final practice starts at noon (EST) on the 1-mile oval at PIR.

Jeff Ward qualified third at 20.1566, 178.602 in the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone. 2001 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year Felipe Giaffone was fourth at 20.2153, 178.083 in the No. 21 Hollywood Mo Nunn Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Rookie Tomas Scheckter rounded out the top five at 20.2280, 177.971 in the No. 52 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.
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Old 16 Mar 2002, 22:04 (Ref:236861)   #2
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marcus has a real shot at the podium!marcus has a real shot at the podium!marcus has a real shot at the podium!marcus has a real shot at the podium!
lets hope its a great race , pheonix usually throws up a good one.
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Old 16 Mar 2002, 22:59 (Ref:236918)   #3
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Congratulations to Helio on his first (of many) poles! I'm really looking forward to the race, I've always liked the track at Nazareth. Lots of traffic, and that always has a great influence on the outcome. Got lots of green beer on ice and I'm having a few buddies over to watch it with me. Be nice of some of you guys could stop by!
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Old 17 Mar 2002, 01:25 (Ref:237008)   #4
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Nazareth?

What does MBNA stand for? My Brain's Not Available?
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Old 17 Mar 2002, 04:33 (Ref:237048)   #5
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When is the race on?.
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Old 17 Mar 2002, 10:20 (Ref:237300)   #6
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No, MBNA stood for My Beer Needs Another.
I meant Phoenix. (Maybe I was just testing you.)
I just enjoy the bullrings once in awhile.

The race is on ABC at 4:00 EST.

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Cool. I'll try and watch it. I made a promise to myself that I would make an effort to watch more IRL this year.

Being a race fan is a full time hobby isn't it?.
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