IRL: Indy 500: Panoz G Force Pole Day 2 report

Scott Dixon set the fastest speed of the week for the entire field in practice yesterday and was again the fastest Panoz G Force performer in pole day qualifying today. After yesterday afternoon's qualifying was rained out, Dixon recorded a four...

Scott Dixon set the fastest speed of the week for the entire field in practice yesterday and was again the fastest Panoz G Force performer in pole day qualifying today.

After yesterday afternoon's qualifying was rained out, Dixon recorded a four lap average of 230.099mph today - placing him fourth fastest.

Yesterday morning, Dixon recorded the fastest lap of the week at 233.236mph in practice. The qualifying performance from the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver was also the best by an Indy rookie for 2003.

"The conditions were certainly very difficult today and made it very tough for our teams," Chief Designer, Simon Marshall said.

"We didn't replicate some of the speed we showed during the week, but the important job now is to concentrate on race conditions for the rest of the month.

"Helio won from position 11 last year, so that shows how important it is to have a good car on race day.

"With yesterday being rained out, it was important for the teams to ensure they put a time on the bag and get in the show. With 20-30mph winds, it was sometimes tricky if the wind kicked up just as your were about to go out."

Other Panoz G Force runners to clinch a spot in the field today included Tora Takagi (Mo Nunn), Gil de Feran (Penske), Tomas Scheckter (Ganassi), Greg Ray (Access) and Felipe Giaffone (Mo Nunn).

Dixon's performance follows his victory at the opening round of the IRL IndyCar Series Championship at Homestead earlier this year.

"It wasn't too bad really. The team is happy. We had four solid laps," Dixon said.

"Everyone wants to start near the front, that's what we wanted to do: have a good solid run to keep us near the front and keep us out of trouble at the start.

"The weather is definately a factor which creates a lot of problems for a lot of people."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Greg Ray , Felipe Giaffone , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Mo Nunn
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing