Felipe Giaffone and the ...
Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force will start Sunday's Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway on the inside of the third row.
Giaffone, the 2001 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year, had the fifth-fastest qualifying time today around the mile oval at 19.6556 seconds (171.249 mph). It was almost a half-second faster than his best practice time on Friday, but a tenth slower than his best lap during Saturday-morning practice, in which he wound up fourth in the order. All the top qualifiers ran slightly slower during the mid-day qualifying session. The qualifying effort was Giaffone's best since he was fourth on the grid at Phoenix last month.
Gil de Ferran, last year's race winner here when it was a CART FedEx Championship Series race, will start from the pole after a fast qualifying lap of 19.4817 seconds (172.778 mph). His teammate, Helio Castroneves, will start alongside him on the front row after a lap of 19.5032 seconds (172.587 mph). Jaques Lazier was third in 19.5724 seconds (171.977 mph), followed by rookie Tomas Scheckter in fourth at 19.6372 (171.409 mph).
Race time for Sunday's 225-lap event is 1 p.m. EDT and it will be aired live on ABC-TV and the IMS Radio Network. Pre-race programming includes "Indy Racing 2Day" Sunday at 12 noon EDT on ESPN2.
"I was actually expecting a little more for qualifying. We are right there, and we keep moving a little bit. We should be good for the race. We have a lot of downforce in the car, so tomorrow we will have our work cut out for us."