IRL: Indy 500: G Force "Carb Day" report

Kanaan tops timesheets in G Force on Carb Day. Mo Nunn Racing crew today prepares Tony Kanaan's car in pit lane in preparation for Carb Day. The strong pace of drivers aboard the American-made G Force chassis continued on "Carb Day" at the ...

Kanaan tops timesheets in G Force on Carb Day.
Mo Nunn Racing crew today prepares Tony Kanaan's car in pit lane in preparation for Carb Day.

The strong pace of drivers aboard the American-made G Force chassis continued on "Carb Day" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today as Tony Kanaan topped the timesheets in the final run prior to Sunday's Indy 500.

Kanaan (Mo Nunn Racing) was one of only two drivers to break into the 225mph bracket. He was joined in the top ten by front row starters Robbie Buhl (Dreyer & Reinbold) - 5th fastest; and pole-sitter Bruno Junqueira (Chip Ganassi Racing) - 10th fastest.

Drivers took the opportunity to try their machines with full fuel tanks in today's final hit-out.

Mo Nunn Racing's Felipe Giaffone is eagerly awaiting Sunday's event, confident of a strong showing aboard the G Force chassis.

"The car was pretty good today although we dialled in a little to much downforce so we will need to play with that for race day," Giaffone said.

"Overall, myself and Tony (Kanaan) are very happy with progress this month.

"We have been very strong from the first day we started running here and gradually built up our speed to be at our fastest on qualifying day.

"The important thing on Sunday will be to make sure we improve the car during the race with tyre adjustments and make sure we are ready to go racing in the last 40 laps - that is the race will be won and lost."

Manufactured in the USA in Braselton, Georgia - G Force set the pace in qualifying with four cars in the top five positions.

Kanaan is one of three rookies in the race aboard a G Force chassis for this year's Indy 500 - joining George Mack (310 Racing) and Indiana-bred Ricky Treadway (Treadway & Associates) in the race.

"The balance of the car has been been incredible all month and I am ready for my first Indy 500 on Sunday," Treadway said.

"We worked today with our spotters and practiced our pits stops so everything is ready to go. The team had the car completely apart prior to today to prepare a new paint scheme for our new sponsor (Sprint), but everything has gone together well.

"The car was really comfortable today and I was able to drive all the way round on full throttle with full tanks so that is a good sign."

G Force is a two time winner of the Indianapolis 500, tasting victory in 1997 with Arie Luyendyk and 2000 with Juan Montoya.

Sunday's 500 mile classic kicks off at 11.00am and is broadcast nationally by ABC.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Arie Luyendyk , Bruno Junqueira , Tony Kanaan , George Mack , Chip Ganassi , Mo Nunn
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing