IRL: Kansas: Felipe Giaffone Friday practice comments

Felipe Giaffone drove the ...

Felipe Giaffone drove the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force to the ninth- and 10th-fastest practice times of the day in today's morning and afternoon sessions in preparation for Sunday's Ameristar Casino Indy 200 Indy Racing League event at Kansas Speedway. Giaffone turned a lap of 24.2709 seconds (216.534 mph) around the 1.5-mile oval this morning, but dropped a spot in the order on the afternoon timesheet despite a slightly better lap of 25.2498 seconds (216.715 mph). Giaffone's was the fastest G-Force in the field this morning as the top eight competitors all drive Dallaras. Only Jeff Ward's G-Force was faster this afternoon with a time of 25.2484 seconds (216.727 mph), albeit only by 14 thousandths of a second.

Infiniti-powered cars paced both practice sessions today, led by rookie Tomas Scheckter in the morning with a lap of 25.0782 seconds (218.197 mph), and Laurent Redon in the afternoon with a lap of 25.0019 seconds (218.863 mph).

Practice continues Saturday morning with qualifying set to begin at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Race time Sunday is 1 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast on ABC-TV.

FELIPE GIAFFONE

"We still have some work to do on our setup for qualifying. There will be one more practice session on Saturday to try and get that done. But I think we have a good setup for the race. The track is slippery, maybe because of the rubber from the NASCAR trucks (which are racing at Kansas on Saturday). The condition of the track is not the same as it was when we tested here last month. This morning, we tried to change something in our setup after the first practice, but it didn't work as we hoped it would work this afternoon. But the good thing is that we know which way to go with our setup. I think it's going to be difficult to take the pole from the Infinitis. I hope it will be easy to pass during the race, but I'm a little bit worried because last year it was easy to pass, but this year it's not the case, so far. So it will be a little bit more important to qualifying near the front this year."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Jeff Ward , Laurent Redon , Mo Nunn