IRL: Panoz G Force Test in the West notes 2003-02-04

The new 2003 Panoz G Force IRL Indycar Series chassis proved to be the class of the field on the opening day of the "Test in The West" at California Speedway, Fontana. Felipe Giaffone headed the timesheets in both sessions aboard his Mo ...

The new 2003 Panoz G Force IRL Indycar Series chassis proved to be the class of the field on the opening day of the "Test in The West" at California Speedway, Fontana.

Felipe Giaffone headed the timesheets in both sessions aboard his Mo Nunn Racing Panoz G Force.

The Brazilian recorded a fastest speed of 222.994mph in the opening session and stunned the field in the afternoon with a speed of 225.714 - nearly 2.5mph quicker than his nearest opposition.

Thomas Scheckter was second fastest in both sessions for Chip Ganassi Racing while team-mate Scott Dixon was equally as impressive - 3rd fastest in the opening session and 6th in the afternoon.

Panoz G Force also completed a sweep of the top four in the morning with Tora Takagi performing well in his debut for Mo Nunn Racing.

"I think we had a great car from the time it went green this morning," Giaffone said.

"It was definitely a good, one-line car in the morning. But then we had success improving the Panoz G Force as the day went along and we were able to run just about anywhere on the track that we wanted."

Last year's Infinity Pro Series Champion, AJ Foyt IV completed a strong day for the American chassis manufacturer by recording the 7th and 11th fastest times in the two sessions.

"We are very pleased with the results today because a track like Fontana is somewhere where you need as little drag as possible," Panoz G Force Director of Sales, John Biddlecombe said.

"Excess drag was a problem for us last year and we have worked extremely hard in the wind tunnel and the design studio to get a car that will work well on all tracks this season.

"The real pleasing factor was when comparing Toyota vs Toyota powered cars, our chassis was more than 3mph faster than the opposition. This is just the start we were looking for.

"But we know we can't rest on our laurels, we will be constantly testing the car in the wind tunnel to further refine the package."

The next step for the "Test in The West" IRL Indycar Series teams will be at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday and Saturday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Chip Ganassi , Thomas Scheckter , Mo Nunn