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Team Penske take front row for AJ Foyt 225

DOMINATION Helio Castroneves clinched pole and teammate Sam Hornish was close behind him to secure the team's third 1-2 start of the season


Sam Hornish Jr races out of the pits during a practice round at the IRL IndyCar Series' AJ Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin, on Saturday.


Helio Castroneves captured the pole position on Saturday and Sam Hornish qualified second as Marlboro Team Penske swept the front row for yesterday's AJ Foyt 225 race at the Milwaukee Mile.

Castroneves turned a best lap of 21.1854 seconds on the 1.609km oval, a Indy Racing League track record, and Hornish had a 21.1974. It will be the team's third 1-2 start of this season.


The teammates tangled late in last year's Milwaukee race. Castroneves went into Turn 2 and touched wheels with Hornish, who was in fourth place at the time. The bump sent Castroneves into the wall, and Hornish went on to victory.

The incident is not completely forgotten, but clearly forgiven.

"We joke around, which is part of the game," Castroneves said after grabbing his second pole at Milwaukee and third of this season. "Hopefully, it won't happen again."

The Brazilian is in his seventh season at Penske. Hornish, the winner of this year's Indianapolis 500, has been his teammate since 2004.

Hornish said team owner Roger Penske expected them to push each other to do their best.


"We race each other hard," said Hornish, last year's polesitter. "Whatever we do, we push each other hard. We just need to leave each other enough room."

A victory by either in yesterday's race would give the team a sweep of the only two short-oval races this season. Hornish won the June 24 event at Richmond International Raceway.

Marco Andretti was third with a time of 21.2732 while Brazilians Tony Kanaan (21.2841) and Vitor Meira (21.3929) were next.

The second five had American Jeff Simmons (21.4195) and Ed Carpenter (21.4632) followed by South Africa's Tomas Scheckter (21.4901), Bryan Herta of the US (21.4954) and New Zealand's Scott Dixon (21.4962).

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