IRL: Homestead: Panoz G Force preview

Panoz G Force teams ready for Homestead IRL IndyCar Series opener. The new Panoz G Force GF09 is set to make its race debut at this weekend's opening round of the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Six of the new chassis will...

Panoz G Force teams ready for Homestead IRL IndyCar Series opener.

The new Panoz G Force GF09 is set to make its race debut at this weekend's opening round of the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Six of the new chassis will hit the track with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Mo Nunn Racing and AJ Foyt Enterprises each running cars throughout the 2003 championship.

The outstanding performance of the car at the recent IRL IndyCar Series "Test in the West" at California Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway may result in additional cars joining the grid this year. Highlights of the "Test in the West" week included:

- A top four sweep in the first session at California Speedway.
- The two fastest times of the day in California.
- Two cars in the top four at Phoenix on Friday.
- Three cars in the top five in the Saturday afternoon session at Phoenix.

Mo Nunn Racing's Felipe Giaffone is eagerly awaiting the start of the championship after being the best performed Panoz G Force driver in 2002. "The Panoz G Force people have come out with a brand-new car that I think will be their best one yet," Giaffone said.

"Having Tora (Takagi) for a teammate has been great in testing. That is why two-car teams have such an advantage. You can go off in different directions with your setup in testing and in practice on race weekends, and you can work through things twice as quickly."

Target Chip Ganassi Racing will field Thomas Scheckter and Scott Dixon aboard it's two cars while the Foyt team will run Japanese driver Shigeaki Hattori.

Following a recent pre-season test at Homestead, the Panoz G Force teams will all run new development aero parts at the unique Florida oval.

"Our engineers are constantly working on improving the car and that will continue throughout the entire year," EMT Chief Executive Officer, David Bowes (pictured right).

"We have put double the resources and double the wind tunnel time into this new car and the initial results are extremely encouraging.

"Homestead will probably be the toughest track of the year for us, but we are confident we can start the year very strongly.

"Our goals this year are to win the championship and the Indy 500 - this is not a building year, it is a full out assault on the IRL IndyCar Series and we believe we have the teams to do the job."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Shigeaki Hattori , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi , Mo Nunn
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing