G Force - Returning for 2003 as Americans go for glory. Five American drivers are ready to challenge for a unique honor in Sunday's Indianapolis 500. The last time an American-owned chassis manufacturer tasted success in America's biggest race...
G Force - Returning for 2003 as Americans go for glory.
Five American drivers are ready to challenge for a unique honor in Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
The last time an American-owned chassis manufacturer tasted success in America's biggest race was 1982 when Gordon Johncock drove his Wildcat chassis to victory for Pat Patrick.
Americans Robbie Buhl, Sarah Fisher, Jeff Ward, Ricky Treadway and George Mack will aim to repeat that performance when they climb aboard their G Force cars on Sunday. Originally founded in the UK, G Force is now owned by Don Panoz and is headquartered in state-of-the-art facilities in Braselton, Georgia.
G Force was today announced as one of three approved chassis manufacturers for IRL competition for the next three years. G Force's design team is already well advanced on a new chassis design which will debut in 2003. The new "Made in America" car will be built at G Force's Georgia base.
"We are very excited about our pace so far this month at Indy and we have received a lot of enquiries about our new car," Don Panoz said.
"The entire team at G Force is very excited about being selected to continue in IRL competition because the series is going from strength to strength.
"Our success in recent weeks has given everybody a major boost and we are hopeful that success can continue on Sunday."
Indy 500 rookie Ricky Treadway is one man keen to take the stars and stripes to victory lane on Sunday aboard his Treadway G Force machine.
"It would be great for the fans and our team," Treadway said.
"I am just a good 'ol boy from Indiana and I would love to win the Indy 500 in an American built chassis."
The move to building the cars in the US this year will enable G Force to offer improved service to the teams according to 310 Racing's George Mack - only the second African-American driver to qualify for the Indy 500.
"It will definitely give them a chance to further enhance their quality in service, by being centrally based in the U.S, as well as provide a chance for even more teams to hop on board the G-Force program," Mack said.
"I believe this step that G-Force has made will only bring success to the company and thus bring success to their customers."
Other G Force equipped drivers in the race include Mo Nunn Racing's Felipe Giaffone and Tony Kanaan; Chip Ganassi Racing's Bruno Junqueira and Kenny Brack; and former Indy 500 G Force winner, Arie Luyendyk (Treadway & Associates)
Part of the Panoz group's Elan Motorsport Technologies organization, the G Force headquarters in Georgia features full in-house design, fabrication, machining and composite construction facilities.
G Force is planning to host a team's forum in at its Georgia base to discuss next year's car and plans to enhance the marque's performance.
The Elan group has enjoyed a remarkable month of May to date, taking pole at the Indy 500 with Junqueira, victory at the Sears Point round of the American Le Mans Series for Panoz Motor Sports and a win by Boris Said in a Panoz Esperante-bodied car in the recent round of the Trans-Am Series at Mosport.
The largest manufacturer of racing cars in the world, the Elan group includes G Force, Formula Ford expert Van Dieman, leading American Le Mans Series team Panoz Motor Sports and specialist services companies Elan Power Products, Elan Precision and Elan Composites.