IRL: Indy 500: Panoz G Force Carb Day practice report

Gil de Ferran headed a trio of Panoz G Force chassis in the top five in the final practice session on Carb Day today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. De Ferran's speed of 227.812mph aboard his Toyota-powered Panoz G Force placed him third ...

Gil de Ferran headed a trio of Panoz G Force chassis in the top five in the final practice session on Carb Day today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

De Ferran's speed of 227.812mph aboard his Toyota-powered Panoz G Force placed him third fastest ahead of the Honda-powered Panoz G Force of Greg Ray at 227.790mph.

The fastest qualifier of the American-made Panoz G Force chassis (4th in qualifying), Scott Dixon, completed the top five today with a speed of 227.414mph.

"My car is a lot better to drive than last year," De Ferran said.

"I really struggled with the handling of my car last year than I have with my car this year at Indianapolis.

"Last weekend, I felt like we needed an extra day. I was looking forward to running last Saturday but unfortunately it rained.

"Believe it or not, even though we've been here for so many days, the time on Sunday really helped me out.

"We did a couple of changes on the car and I was very happy by the time I left here on Sunday afternoon.

"Basically, today was a matter of confirming those feelings."

Both Dixon and his team-mate Tomas Scheckter (9th fastest) were strong today and are eagerly awaiting Sunday's 87th running of the "greatest spectacle in racing"

"The car was pretty good today. We just wanted to go out and get everything on the car checked out for the race," Dixon said.

"It's a consistent car and I think that's what we'll need for the race. We only did about 10 or 12 flying laps out there.

"It's been a great month for us, but now i'm ready to get the race on. Team Target has been awesome this month, and I think that I need to reward them with a victory on Sunday."

Manufactured in Braselton, Georgia, there are a total of nine Panoz G Force chassis qualified for this year's Indy 500 including Dixon (4th), Tora Takagi (7th), de Ferran (10th), Scheckter (12th), Ray (14th), Giaffone (16th), Alex Barron (25th), Richie Hearn (28th) and Airton Dare (33rd).

One of the original chassis suppliers for the Indy Racing League, Panoz G Force has been a winner in the championship in every year of competition including this year's opening round of the championship at Homestead with Scott Dixon.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Airton Daré , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Richie Hearn , Alex Barron