Takagi, Giaffone qualify 14th, 15th at Homestead. HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Saturday, March 1, 2003) -- Tora Takagi and Felipe Giaffone will start Sunday's IRL IndyCar Series season-opening Toyota Indy 300 from the 14th and 15th positions, ...
Takagi, Giaffone qualify 14th, 15th at Homestead.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Saturday, March 1, 2003) -- Tora Takagi and Felipe Giaffone will start Sunday's IRL IndyCar Series season-opening Toyota Indy 300 from the 14th and 15th positions, respectively.
Takagi and the #12 Pioneer/Mo Nunn Racing Toyota-powered Panoz G Force lapped the 1.5-mile Homestead Miami Speedway oval in 27.2628 seconds (198.072 mph) in this afternoon's single-car qualifying session. That puts him on the outside of the seventh row for Sunday's 200-lap event.
Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing team car was just one-hundredth of a second behind with a qualifying lap of 27.2764 seconds (197.973 mph) for the inside-eighth-row starting spot Sunday.
Tony Kanaan grabbed the pole with a lap of 26.5278 seconds (203.560 mph) and will have his new teammate Michael Andretti on the outside-front-row starting position after Andretti's lap of 26.5992 seconds (203.014 mph) today. Defending series champion Sam Hornish qualified third with a lap of 26.6034 seconds (202.982 mph).
Race time Sunday is 1 p.m. EST with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV.
"It has been a difficult weekend so far, but I think Sunday will be our best day. The conditions were just so slippery and it was not easy to find grip. We went with a high-downforce setup and focused on our race setup yesterday and today."
"We have worked so hard all weekend to find the right setup and made many, many changes, and nothing seemed to be the magic trick to get us around this track any faster than we are going. I think, for sure, we will have a good car for the race. The key will be, like it always is, to stay out of trouble and keep the leaders in sight and then hope for the best at the end. Last year, we started way in the back and worked our way up to seventh by the end of the race. So, hopefully, we can do even better than that."