After not running at all on Tuesday, Felipe Giaffone and the ...
After not running at all on Tuesday, Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force team pulled out their back-up car today and ran their fastest laps of the week in practice for the 86th Indianapolis 500. Giaffone cracked the 226-mph barrier, reaching a fast lap of 226.998 mph during his 43 laps of practice during yet another rain-shortened session. It was the eighth-fastest lap among the 37 cars that took to the track today, some 3-1/2 hours after the traditional 11:00 a.m. starting time due to heavy morning rain showers.
Giaffone's teammate Tony Kanaan took advantage of an opportunity to drive Giaffone's back-up car, as well, today, and brought home the ninth-fastest lap of the day overall and his best trip around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval this week. Kanaan recorded a fast lap of 226.891 mph in the #21 back-up car in just a six-lap stint. Earlier, he reached 224.428 mph in his #17 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force in 27 laps of practice.
Scott Sharp was fastest today at 228.350 mph, followed by Laurent Redon at 228.046 mph, and Helio Castroneves at 228.036 mph. Practice resumes Thursday with Pole Day qualifying on tap for Saturday.
"This is great. We've been finding speed every day, and that is the way you want it to be once you get here. The guys prepared my back-up car all day yesterday (Tuesday) and all their hard work really paid off. We went faster than we have all week. It's a real credit to everyone at Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing because this is the first time they've been here as a team and with very little time to run these cars before this month. All of our days of practice have been shortened by rain so far, but we're getting the most out of it. Man, I've used just four sets of tires, total, since we started practice on Sunday. But the cars have been very good, very consistent. Again, that goes back to the crew and the engineers and to Morris (team owner Morris Nunn). We're making improvements little by little. We found that everything was good on my back-up car, and since Tony has been struggling a little bit with his primary car, we decided to give him some laps in my back-up car. He got up to 226 right away, so that proves we have to make his cars like my back-up car. It was very important for Tony to get the feeling for how his car should handle around here. We are a team and we will keep working as a team. That's the only way we're going to keep getting better and to have a shot at a good qualifying result."