Felipe Giaffone

#21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force
Boomtown 500 - Thursday, June 6, 2002 - Qualifying Notes/Quotes
Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth, Texas - 1.5-Mile Oval
Round 6 of 15 on the 2002 Indy Racing League

Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force will start from the outside of the ninth row in Saturday night's Boomtown 500 Indy Racing League event at Texas Motor Speedway. Giaffone toured the 1.5-mile high-banked tri-oval with a fast lap of 24.425 seconds (214.445 mph) during tonight's single-car qualifying session. Earlier in the day, he was 13th in the second of two afternoon practice sessions with a lap of 23.981 seconds (218.418 mph).

Rookie Tomas Scheckter earned the pole tonight with a qualifying lap of 23.783 seconds (220.146 mph). He will be joined on the front row by teammate Eddie Cheever, who qualified second with a lap of 23.910 seconds (219.065 mph). Al Unser, Jr., qualified third wiht a lap of 24.004 seconds (218.214 mph).

Practice resumes Friday afternoon. Race time Saturday is 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for ESPN.

FELIPE GIAFFONE

"It was a busy day and night, that's for sure. And, unfortunately, it wasn' t one of the most successful we have had, lately. We had a little problem with our setup in the first practice session but made some improvements by the second practice. The car still wasn't perfect in qualifying, so we did the very best that we could and 18th was the best we were going to get tonight. We'll regroup tonight and see if we can make the car work for us in practice on Friday and, more importantly, in the race on Saturday night. We'll put in a fresh motor and hopefully that will be the foundation for a better couple of days to come here at Texas. No matter what, the race Saturday night will be exciting. It always is, here."

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