Felipe Giaffone and the ...
Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force finished fourth in today's Ameristar Casino Indy 200 Indy Racing League event at Kansas Speedway after starting from the 19th position. Giaffone worked his way up to 16th by the first round of pit stops on Lap 33 under yellow, and gained five positions to re-emerge in 11th. He pitted a second time under yellow while running fifth, but trouble with the right rear tire cost valuable time during that stop. He rejoined the race in 20th. From there, Giaffone worked his way up to 13th during his next run before pitting under yellow a third time on Lap 104. He gained three spots on that stop to move to 10th. The fourth and final pit stop came on Lap 165 under green with Giaffone in third place, but a stuck fuel hose cost him time in the pits once again and he was in eight position as the 200-lap race was nearing its stretch run. He was in seventh when the car of Al Unser, Jr., fell out of the race, moving him to sixth. Rookie polesitter Tomas Scheckter then crashed to move Giaffone up another spot to fifth. And then Giaffone passed Scott Sharp to put him in fourth. Giaffone held off Gil de Derran over the closing laps in a dramatic battle to finish in fourth.
Airton Dare won the race today, passing runner-up Sam Hornish, Jr., on a restart with two laps to go, for his first IRL victory. Points leader Helio Castroneves was third.
Giaffone, who now has six consecutive top-five finishes after a sixth place at Fontana in March, remained in fourth place in the points standings with 269. Castroneves leads with 315, followed by teammate de Ferran in second with 307, and Hornish with 296.
The series takes a week off before resuming Saturday night, July 20, at Nashville, Tenn.
"It was another tough race today, but we finished up near the front once again. I think my car could have been in the top three, but I don't know if I could have gotten by Hornish or Dare because I never had a chance to run with them. It was exciting to fight with Gil at the end of the race. His car was faster than mine, but mine was sticking to the track better. Now, we're off to Nashville on Tuesday to test for the next race, and then I'm going down to Brazil to spend a little time down there before we start racing again. We are in good position so far for the championship, I think."