IRL: Nashville: G Force race summary

G Force competitors in the Indy Racing League endured a tough night on the Nashville concrete with Felipe Giaffone pulling off the best finish of the night in 7th position. The evening got of to a bad start when Chip Ganassi Racing's Jeff...

G Force competitors in the Indy Racing League endured a tough night on the Nashville concrete with Felipe Giaffone pulling off the best finish of the night in 7th position.

The evening got of to a bad start when Chip Ganassi Racing's Jeff Ward was forced to switch to a back-up car and start from the back of the grid after crashing in the warm-up session.

"They found something on the track right before I hit. I think I ran over something because it just punctured the front or the rear; one of them was flat when they brought it back," Ward said.

"We hopped in the backup car and did 10 or 12 laps, and it was pretty decent for no time in it."

Ward went on to finish 11th. Rookie George Mack had looked strong for a good finish until lap 171 when he struck the rear of Sam Hornish Jr who had slowed for yellow flag period.

"I didn't win, but I won. I was chasing the car the whole weekend and couldn't quite get it together," Mack said.

"Then we made some final changes, and you know it came to me. It was fast. I think it was one of the top-five fastest cars on the track."

"Unfortunately I couldn't hear anybody say there was a yellow. Hornish checked up, and I was coming at a pretty good rate. He started to turn and my right front clipped his left rear. It's not like a major deal. It just bent up my right-front suspension."

Dreyer & Reinbold team-mates Robbie Buhl and Sarah Fisher also had a tough evening with engine related problems forcing them both out early in the event.

The Indy Racing League will make its first visit to the Michigan International Speedway next weekend. G Force has been hard at work in the wind tunnel preparing for inaugural IRL event at the track.

"Tonight was a pretty tough evening for our guys. Giaffone could have figured pretty strongly in the finish but his luck didn't run with him tonight," G Force's Chris Rushforth said.

"It was also tough for Jeff Ward to have to switch to his back-up car and start from the back.

"We have some new aerodynamic parts for the cars for Michigan which we will be distributing to the teams on Monday.

"Wind tunnel work on the 2003 car is continuing at the moment, but we are also constantly looking at improving our current car as well."

Part of Don Panoz's Elan Motorsport Technologies organization, the G Force headquarters in Georgia features full in-house design, fabrication, machining and composite construction facilities.

The largest manufacturer of racing cars in the world, the Elan group includes G Force, Formula Ford expert Van Dieman, leading American Le Mans Series team Panoz Motor Sports and specialist services companies Elan Power Products, Elan Precision and Elan Composites.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Felipe Giaffone , Robbie Buhl , Jeff Ward , George Mack , Don Panoz , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornis
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing