Felipe Giaffone and the ...
Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force finished seventh in tonight's Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Giaffone started eighth and gained a position during tonight's 200-lap event around the 1.33-mile concrete oval for his first finish outside the top six in his last seven races. He was seventh at the season-opening event in Homestead, Fla. Giaffone remained in fourth place in the current drivers points standings with 295. Race runner-up Gil de Ferran moved into the points lead with 347 while his teammate Helio Castroneves, who finished ninth tonight, slipped to second at 337 points. Third-place finishing Sam Hornish, Jr., the defending series champion, is third in the points at 333.
Alex Barron picked up his first career IRL victory over de Ferran and Hornish.
The next race on the 15-race IRL schedule for 2002 is next weekend's Michigan Indy 400 at Michigan Speedway, a first-time IRL event.
"For me, it was a tough day. I just couldn't get everything straight today. At least we finished the race. We had some hard times. On the (Lap 198) restart, I was in the wrong spot, and it's just one of those days."