IRL: Michigan: G Force qualifying notes

Fisher top G Force driver again in qualifying. For the second race in succession Sarah Fisher has turned the fastest time of the G Force drivers in qualifying - this time for the Michigan Indy 400. Fisher's speed of 218.618 mph was fast enough...

Fisher top G Force driver again in qualifying.

For the second race in succession Sarah Fisher has turned the fastest time of the G Force drivers in qualifying - this time for the Michigan Indy 400.

Fisher's speed of 218.618 mph was fast enough for 8th position on the grid, just ahead of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team-mate Robbie Buhl who was 11th fastest with 218.282mph.

The highest placed driver in the championship aboard a G Force chassis, Mo Nunn Racing's Felipe Giaffone, was also in the 218mph region in 11th position at 218.254mph.

"We’re happy with where we ended up in qualifying, although the gearing was a little short on one end and a little too long on the other," Fisher said.

"We were close, but no cigar. I’m hoping there won’t be any big change in the weather between now and the race.

"Our car is very good and consistent. But if it gets a lot hotter tomorrow, it will throw a lot of teams off.”

After finishing 6th at Fontana this year and 3rd at Indianapolis, Giaffone is confident of another strong showing this weekend - another 2.5 mile track.

"The car felt really good, and we didn't get any scrub. So, tomorrow, we should have a good race car," Giaffone said.

"That's what's really important for this track and this race. It's going to be a long day. Four hundred miles is a long way. So it will be very important to stay on top of the conditions, stay out of trouble, and have six very good pit stops.

"Our car worked very well in traffic on Friday, so it's a good feeling we have going into the race."

Other G Force drivers completed qualifying in 20th (Arie Luyendyk), 22nd (Jeff Ward)and 24th (George Mack).

Luyendyk returns to the cockpit this weekend for the first time since the Indy 500.

"The cars are quite easy to drive around here with the downforce that we have. So from that point, it’s not hard to get back in and get back up to speed," Luyendyk said.

"Hopefully in the draft we can hang in there and get pulled along. You’ll see a lot of side-by-side, three-wide for sure. There’s going to be a lot of activity going on."

Sunday's race begins at 3pm (Eastern) and is broadcast live on ABC.

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 Dieman, leading American Le Mans Series team Panoz Motor Sports and specialist services companies Elan Power Products, Elan Precision and Elan Composites.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Felipe Giaffone , Robbie Buhl , Jeff Ward , Arie Luyendyk , George Mack , Don Panoz , Mo Nunn
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing