IRL: Indy 500: G-Force qualifying preview

G-Force teams ready for Indy qualifying attack Two-time Indianapolis 500 winning chassis manufacturer G-Force is confident of a strong run in tomorrow's Qualifying Pole Day after impressive performances during practice at the speedway. Mo Nunn...

G-Force teams ready for Indy qualifying attack

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winning chassis manufacturer G-Force is confident of a strong run in tomorrow's Qualifying Pole Day after impressive performances during practice at the speedway.

Mo Nunn Racing driver Tony Kanaan topped the timesheets in Thursday practice, turning a lap of 229.503 mph, just ahead of fellow G-Force driver and former Indy 500 winner, Kenny Brack.

Jeff Ward and Bruno Junqueira also placed G-Force chassis in the top five on Thursday, while the marque repeated the speed on Friday with Robbie Buhl recording the second fastest time and Junqueira and Felipe Giaffone also in the top six aboard the American-made chassis.

An Indy 500 rookie, Kanaan is eagerly awaiting his shot at pole position aboard the G-Force tomorrow.

"It is a very good car and it has been consistent all month," Kanaan.

"The G-Force has been doing well in the IRL and now you can see our car and the Ganassi guys are all running very fast in the top ten.

"I am pleased to be in this ride."

G-Force machines scheduled to compete for pole position tomorrow include Brack, Ward & Junqueira from Chip Ganassi Racing, 2 from Mo Nunn Racing (Kanaan and Giaffone), 2 from Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (Buhl and Sarah Fisher), 2 from Treadway & Associates Racing (Arie Luyendyk and Rick Treadway) and 310 Racing's George Mack.

Having contested the Indy 500 for the past two years with the G-Force chassis, team owner Chip Ganassi is in a confident mood prior to pole day.

"We think the G-Force is the car to have and the speeds are proving it," Ganassi said.

Now manufactured in the United States at the Elan Motorsports Technologies base in Braselton, Georgia; G-Force has twice won the Indy 500 with Arie Luyendyk (1997) and Juan Montoya (2000).

While the G-Force has been setting the pace in recent days, tomorrow's attack for pole position will still be a tough challenge.

"We will have to see how our luck runs with the weather because our cars tend to run better in warmer conditions," G-Force's John Biddlecombe said.

"The hotter it is, the better our car will perform. However, I think we have a very good shot at pole position tomorrow.

"All the teams are very happy with the way the car has performed this week and apart from a small tap of the wall by Kenny Brack earlier in the week, we have been virtually incident free."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Jeff Ward , Arie Luyendyk , Bruno Junqueira , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , George Mack , Chip Ganassi , Mo Nunn
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Dreyer & Reinbold Racing