Castroneves Quickest at Infineon Raceway

Helio Castroneves topped the opening day of this week's Indy Racing League test at the Infineon Raceway on Tuesday, comfortably outpacing two of the pace-setters from this month's inaugural road-racing event at St. Petersburg

Castroneves Quickest at Infineon Raceway

The Brazilian edged out Ryan Briscoe and Dario Franchitti, who had eventually finished third in the St. Petersburg race.

After getting his first experience of the twisty track, Castroneves believes that August's race at Infineon Raceway will deliver plenty of excitement - for both fans and the drivers.

"It was incredible. It was amazing. It reminded me of Laguna Seca," he said. "It will be a fun place for people to watch, because you can see all the way around the track.

"But this place is very tough, because of the high-speed turns. You have to put all the corners together here, there are high speed and low speed corners, [so] it's a challenge to the engineers and drivers."

Tuesday's speeds:

Pos  Driver             Team-Engine     Speed
 1. Helio Castroneves   Dallara-Toyota  105.418mph
 2. Ryan Briscoe        Panoz-Toyota    104.610
 3. Dario Franchitti    Dallara-Honda   104.461
 4. Buddy Rice          Panoz-Honda     104.159
 5. Scott Sharp         Panoz-Honda     103.981
 6. Tony Kanaan         Dallara-Honda   103.978
 7. Scott Dixon         Panoz-Toyota    103.892
 8. Dan Wheldon         Dallara-Honda   103.697
 9. Sam Hornish Jr.     Dallara-Toyota  103.670
10. Patrick Carpentier  Dallara-Toyota  103.560
11. Bryan Herta         Dallara-Honda   103.398
12. Vitor Meira         Panoz-Honda     103.389
13. Darren Manning      Panoz-Toyota    103.387
14. Jeff Bucknum        Dallara-Honda   102.752
15. Roberto Moreno      Dallara-Toyota  102.659
16. Danica Patrick      Panoz-Honda     102.648
17. Kosuke Matsuura     Panoz-Honda     102.330
18. Roger Yasukawa      Dallara-Honda    99.226

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