IRL: Homestead: Panoz G Force qualifying report

Dixon makes strong series debut aboard Panoz G Force. Tomas Scheckter Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Tomas Scheckter was the fastest Panoz G Force driver in what was a testing day for the American manufacturer in qualifying at Homestead for...

Dixon makes strong series debut aboard Panoz G Force.

Tomas Scheckter

Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Tomas Scheckter was the fastest Panoz G Force driver in what was a testing day for the American manufacturer in qualifying at Homestead for the opening round of the 2003 IRL IndyCar Championship.

Scheckter's time of 200.766mph will place him on the inside of the fifth row of the grid in 9th spot.

"We knew this race track would be tough for us because it requires more downforce than a lot of others, but I still think the car will be very consistent for the race," Panoz G Force, Director of Sales, John Biddlecombe said.

"While we have a slight disadvantage here, having less drag was our major aim in the design of the car for this year.

"That really showed up at the 'Test in the West' at Fontana.

"Having a car that is strong in traffic is also very important and our guys should be able to race very strongly tomorrow."

Scheckter outpaced team-mate Scott Dixon (12th), Mo Nunn Racing's duo Tora Takagi (14th) and Felipe Giaffone (15th) and AJ Foyt Enterprises entry, Shigeaki Hattori (20th).

Felipe Giaffone

"The Team Target guys really stepped up today. They made some changes and gave me a really good car for qualifying," Scheckter said.

"We knew that we probably weren't going to qualify up front here, but we know that we will at other tracks that we go to this year.

"We need to have a good finish tomorrow, get some points and move on to Phoenix."

After setting the pace at the recent 'Test in the West', Mo Nunn Racing's Felipe Giaffone remains confident of good result despite having a tough time in qualifying today.

"I think we 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," Giaffone said.

Tomorrow's 300 mile event begins at 1.00pm.

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