MADISON, Ill. (Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002) -- Felipe Giaffone and the ...
MADISON, Ill. (Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002) -- Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force will start Sunday's Gateway Indy 250 from the inside of the fourth row after practice and qualifying today at the Gateway International Raceway 1.25-mile egg-shaped oval. Giaffone turned a fast lap of 25.9091 seconds (173.684 mph) to take the seventh spot on the grid. He is just 17 points behind series points leader Sam Hornish, Jr., entering this weekend's third-to-last event of the 2002 Indy Racing League season.
Gil de Ferran earned the pole in 25.6967 seconds (175.120 mph), followed by Hornish at 25.7203 seconds (174.959 mph). Helio Castroneves qualified third in 25.7232 seconds (174.939 mph).
Race time Sunday is 2 p.m. local time (3 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for ESPN.
"Starting seventh is not bad. It's about what we were expecting. I had just said, after the second practice, that I believed we could start in the sixth or seventh positions. We didn't have too much time to work on the qualifying setup, so we spent most of the day in race setup. So that's what we've got. Turn 1 here is tough. Sometimes, with three cars running side-by-side, it's good to be up front to avoid problems. I believe we are going to be in good shape for the race. We intend to use the morning practice on Sunday to try a different setup for gearing. It will help a lot for the race, and I believe the teams starting up front have figured it out."