IRL: Kentucky: G Force qualifying report

Sarah Fisher made American major league open wheel racing history by earning pole position for tomorrow's Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway today - putting two G Force chassis in the top three. Fisher was 2nd fastest in the morning...

Sarah Fisher made American major league open wheel racing history by earning pole position for tomorrow's Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway today - putting two G Force chassis in the top three.

Fisher was 2nd fastest in the morning practice session, led the second practice and turned the fastest lap in qualifying of 221.390mph - becoming the first woman to earn pole position for a major league open wheel event.

Mo Nunn Racing's Felipe Giaffone was also fast aboard his G Force machine, turning a lap of 220.430mph for third position.

"A lot of our improvement has just been development since Richmond," Fisher said.

"We have it a little bit different than what Robbie’s was last year. We’ve just been working on the car, and every race we’ve just been getting it a little bit further and a little bit further, and we’ve just gotten it to the point where it’s just really fast and easy to drive. When it’s easy to drive, it’s fun.

"I’ve never been this excited to race and come to the racetrack and get in the car. I’m here an hour before everybody, and I’m here right with the crew saying‘ Get me in the car.’

"To go through good and bad stages in your career really teaches you to appreciate when things are going right."

Felipe Giaffone continued his ultra-consistent run in IRL competition for his second row start aboard the G Force.

"The car was a little slippery, so we came in and added more downforce. It was hard for us because we didn't come here to test," Giaffone said.

"In the end, though, the track changed so much for qualifying, so even for the guys who tested, it didn't make a difference.

"I think that is where I gained on them. To win the championship, we have to be consistent."

Today's qualifying performance was the strongest for G Force since the Indianapolis 500 where the American manufacturer gained four of the top five spots.

"We normally have a better race car than a qualifying car, so today's performance is very encouraging for tomorrow's race. Sarah really did a brilliant job." G Force's John Biddlecombe said.

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

The largest manufacturer of racing cars in the world, the Elan group includes G Force, Formula Ford expert Van Diemen, leading American Le Mans Series team Panoz Motor Sports and specialist services companies Elan Power Products, Elan Precision and Elan Composites. kk

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Felipe Giaffone , Don Panoz , Mo Nunn