Toyota inspired by Indy 500 win

The Toyota Formula 1 team is taking inspiration from the manufacturer's victory in the Indianapolis 500 earlier this year as it aims to score further points in this weekend's US Grand Prix held on the road course of the famous Speedway

Toyota inspired by Indy 500 win

Toyota claimed a one-two finish in its first Indy 500 this year, with Penske star Gil de Ferran coming home ahead of team-mate Helio Castroneves. Although the F1 squad isn't expecting a win at Indianapolis, team boss Ove Andersson is hoping to score points as it battles with Jaguar and BAR for fifth in the Constructors' championship.

"Our Toyota colleagues threw down the gauntlet by scoring a one-two in the Indy 500 event at the first attempt earlier this year," said team boss Ove Andersson, "and although we are not yet in a position to fight for victory in Indianapolis this weekend, we should again be looking for a top ten position in qualifying and from there aim for points."

Driver Cristiano da Matta has also enjoyed a great deal of success in America, claiming the Champ Car World Series title last year, although the Brazilian has yet to experience running at Indy.

"I haven't raced in the States since my CART days, although I have never actually driven at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said da Matta. "Of course, I have seen it many times on television, but my race debut will be on Friday morning. I don't think it will be too difficult to learn the F1 track, because there is just the long straight and a combination of slow speed corners."

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