Felipe Giaffone ...
#21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force
86th Indianapolis 500 - Practice Notes/Quotes - Thursday, May 9, 2002
Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 2.5-Mile Oval
Round 5 of 15 on the 2002 Indy Racing League
Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force team went back to their primary car today for the first time since Monday and clocked a fast lap of 225.913 mph in preparation for the 86th Indianapolis 500. Giaffone's lap was the 16th-fastest of the day among 40 cars that took to the track. It was just shy of the 225.930 mph fast lap he had on Monday in the same car, but well short of the 226.998 mph lap he put together in his back-up car on Wednesday. Giaffone completed 55 laps in all today.
That back-up car from Wednesday became teammate Tony Kanaan's primary car today, and Kanaan promptly moved to the top of the speed charts in the #17 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force with a lap of 229.503 mph. It was almost 3 mph faster than the 226.891 mph lap he recorded in the same car during a six-lap stint on Wednesday. Kanaan completed 47 laps today.
Kenny Brack was second-fastest today at 229.025 mph, followed by Helio Castroneves in third at 228.736 mph. Friday is the final practice day of the week before Pole Day qualifying on Saturday. For the first time since Sunday, the weather forecast is calling for dry conditions on Friday. Today 's session was delayed by rain for 90 minutes, the fourth consecutive day of rain delays.
"We actually didn't have our best day of the week today. I guess that was bound to happen since we were making steady progress every day until today. I switched back to my primary car and we were working on getting it to where my back-up car was yesterday and just ran out of time. That, and the fact we ran on older tires much of the day and when the time came for our speed run at the end of the session, we had a clutch problem. So that's the way it goes here. You have your good days and your not-so-good days. But we're alright. I'm confident we'll finish the job of getting my primary car right where we want it. Unfortunately, that means we'll have to run a little more tomorrow than we originally had planned. But I think we'll have the car in good shape for qualifying."