IRL: Indy 500: Panoz G Force pole day preview

The Panoz G Force assault on tomorrow's Indianapolis 500 pole day looks in strong shape after impressive performances at the speedway today. While a number of drivers turned strong times with the aid of a tow during "happy hour" at the end of...

The Panoz G Force assault on tomorrow's Indianapolis 500 pole day looks in strong shape after impressive performances at the speedway today.

While a number of drivers turned strong times with the aid of a tow during "happy hour" at the end of the day, Scott Dixon, Tomas Scheckter and Gil de Ferran all placed their Panoz G Force chassis in the top three with solo runs this afternoon.

In total, eight drivers are scheduled to take a run at the pole tomorrow in the American-made Panoz G Force GF09 chassis.

"We remain very confident of having a great shot at the pole tomorrow," Chief Designer, Simon Marshall said.

"During the day, our speed was very strong and while a few guys went faster by getting a tow at the end of the day - when the Panoz G Force car was running alone out on the track, our speed was very strong.

"Pole day is always difficult because there are so many variables including the weather to take into consideration.

"The Ganassi boys were both fast today, Takagi was quick yesterday and de Feran also was very strong. We have three of four guys with a great shot at pole tomorrow."

The only sour note for the day was a crash by Arie Luyendyk which badly damaged his Mo Nunn Racing Panoz G Force.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon is hopeful of repeating today's speed in tomorrow's pole day.

"We were the fastest car out there in the heat of the day," Dixon said.

"Obviously, we are very happy with where we're at. It would be great to be on pole, but I'm hoping for a spot in the top three rows. That should keep us out of the mess that might happen at the start."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Arie Luyendyk , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi , Mo Nunn
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing