Felipe Giaffone and the ...
Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force will start on the outside of the sixth row in Sunday's Michigan Indy 400 Indy Racing League event at Michigan Speedway. Giaffone turned a fast qualifying lap of 32.9891 seconds (218.254 mph) today on the 2-mile tri-oval, good for 12th overall in the 25-car starting field. Earlier in the day, he recorded the 12th-fastest practice time of 32.9490 seconds (218.520 mph). Friday, he was fourth and third in the morning and afternoon practice sessions, respectively.
Rookie Tomas Scheckter will start from the pole after a fast lap today of 32.4518 seconds (221.868 mph) and will be joined on the front row by fellow rookie and teammate Buddy Rice, who qualified second in 32.4571 seconds (221.831 mph). Veteran Eddie Cheever, Jr., had the third-fastest qualifying time of 32.6875 seconds (220.328 mph). The top three qualifiers are Cheever Racing Infiniti-powered Dallaras. Giaffone is the fastest Chevrolet-powered G-Force.
Final practice is set for 4:30 p.m. EDT today. Race time Sunday is 3 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV.
"The car felt really good, and we didn't get any scrub. So, tomorrow, we should have a good race car. That's what's really important for this track and this race. It's going to be a long day. Four hundred miles is a long way. So it will be very important to stay on top of the conditions, stay out of trouble, and have six very good pit stops. We're getting more and more comfortable all the time as a team. We came out of (the) Indy (500) with a good result, and we're that much better as a team now, several races later. I think we'll be ready. Our car worked very well in traffic on Friday, so it's a good feeling we have going into the race."