Felipe Giaffone and the ...
Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force wrapped up the two-day test session at Phoenix International Raceway to conclude this year's Indy Racing League Test in the West. He remained in the top-five during this morning's run, and moved into the top-three this afternoon despite gearbox problems that cut short his day.
Giaffone, the IRL's 2001 Rookie of the Year, had a fast lap of 20.272 seconds (177.585 mph) this morning to start the day. It was the fifth-fastest lap of the session behind defending series champion Sam Hornish (20.0965/179.146), Helio Castroneves (20.1039/179.070), Gil de Ferran (20.1369/178.776), and Tomas Scheckter (20.2569/177.717).
In the afternoon, Giaffone moved up two spots in the order with a lap of 20.2018 seconds (178.202 mph). Hornish had the fast afternoon lap, as well (20.0219/179.803), followed by Castroneves (20.1690/178.492). He encountered gearbox problems and the team opted to stop one hour before the end of the afternoon session.
Giaffone turned 143 laps in today's two sessions.
"We struggled a little bit in Fontana (during Wednesday's first Test in the West test day). It was hard to go the right direction because we lost an engine there. Over here (Phoenix), the car was pretty good from the first day. It looks like we will have a pretty good race car. It's a shame we broke something because we just had new tires."