IRL: Chicagoland: G Force race report

Felipe Giaffone top G Force performer in Chicagoland. Felipe Giaffone fought back from a practice crash and an overnight engine change to finish only 1/2 a second off the lead in the closest finish in IRL history today at Chicagoland. However,...

Felipe Giaffone top G Force performer in Chicagoland.

Felipe Giaffone fought back from a practice crash and an overnight engine change to finish only 1/2 a second off the lead in the closest finish in IRL history today at Chicagoland.

However, with 1.1 seconds covering the top 11 cars at the checkered flag, Giaffone's .5240 of a second gap to Sam Hornish put him in 6th place overall.

Giaffone was running third or fourth for much of the last 20 laps, running in a pack of four cars with Hornish Jr., Al Unser Jr. and Helio Castroneves.

However, as the pack grew to 10 cars as the race concluded, the Mo Nunn Racing driver lost a couple of spots in the race to the finish.

"We had to change the engine after the final practice yesterday. We put in an engine that we were not quite sure on, and for sure, it was down on power," Giaffone said.

"At the end, we finished sixth, which was better than I expected. We're going to put the other engine in for Texas and see what happens there."

The run by Giaffone was the sole bright spot in a day or misfortune for G Force runners with Robbie Buhl, Sarah Fisher and Jeff Ward all suffering engine problems.

Rookies Will Langhorne and George Mack made it to the race finish, albeit, several laps down after long stints in the pits.

"In the progression of things, we really achieved a great deal. It was only my second Indy race, and I was happy with my performance," Langhorne said.

"The Treadway-Hubbard team gave me a lot to work with. We were shooting for a top-10 finish and were in 12th when the right-rear brake let go."

While the G Force runners may have endured a tough day today, the American chassis manufacturer is set for an exciting future with several key announcements set to be released at Texas Motor Speedway next Saturday, September 14 , at 10.00am.

"We have some very exciting news to unveil which will reflect our total commitment to ensuring G Force becomes the dominant chassis of choice in Indy Racing League competition," G Force owner, Don Panoz said.

"Work on our 2003 car is well advanced and results of our extensive wind tunnel indicate we will have a very exciting package available next year.

"I can't give away too many secrets at this stage, but we will be able to showcase the outstanding new technical team behind the 2003 G Force as well as giving a sneak preview of the car itself at next weekend's press conference."

Part of the Elan Motorsport Technologies organization, the G Force headquarters in Georgia features full in-house design, fabrication, machining and composite construction facilities.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Felipe Giaffone , Al Unser Jr. , Robbie Buhl , Jeff Ward , George Mack , Will Langhorne , Don Panoz , Mo Nunn , Sam Hornis