Dixon makes strong series debut aboard Panoz G Force. Kiwi Scott Dixon made an impressive start to his IRL IndyCar Series career by being the fastest Panoz G Force performer on the opening day of on-track action at Homestead-Miami ...
Dixon makes strong series debut aboard Panoz G Force.
Kiwi Scott Dixon made an impressive start to his IRL IndyCar Series career by being the fastest Panoz G Force performer on the opening day of on-track action at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Dixon was fourth fastest during the faster morning session, recording a speed of 200.924mphh.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Thomas Scheckter was the fastest Panoz G Force driver in the afternoon session, recording the third fastest time.
"We have had some new parts under development in the wind tunnel which gave us about an extra 290lbs of downforce," Panoz G Force chief designer, Simon Marshall said.
"The teams have been trying them for the first time today and we are quite pleased with the progress. The car is quite consistent and will be very good in traffic.
"This circuit is probably the toughest track for us this year. We showed at the "Test in the West" that the larger tracks will be very strong for us. Our plan has always been to develop a car that will be a strong overall championship contender.
"It is very tough to build car that is outstanding on large tracks as well as small tracks - you have to find the right compromise between downforce and drag."
Dixon finished the day fourth overall ahead of Thomas Scheckter (11th), Felipe Giaffone (15th), Tora Takagi (17th) and Shigeaki Hattori (18th)
"We were fourth quick this morning, and then we ran full-tank runs all afternoon. The Target car was solid all day," Dixon said.
"It's very important to have a fast race car here in Homestead. Actually, it's the most important thing. I think that we can get a decent starting spot tomorrow, but we should have a strong car in the race.
"We threw a lot of changes at it this morning to see what would work and what wouldn't. We learned a lot today."