Panoz G Force's new IRL Indycar Series challenger completed an outstanding start to the 2003 season with two impressive days at Phoenix International Raceway at the "Test in the West." After dominating the timesheets at California Speedway on ...
Panoz G Force's new IRL Indycar Series challenger completed an outstanding start to the 2003 season with two impressive days at Phoenix International Raceway at the "Test in the West."
After dominating the timesheets at California Speedway on Tuesday, the 2003 Panoz G Force was again very strong on the short oval at Phoenix.
Highlights of the week included:
- A top four sweep in the first session at California Speedway.
- The two fastest times of the day in California.
- Two cars in the top four at Phoenix on Friday.
- Three cars in the top five in the Saturday afternoon session at Phoenix.
Kiwi Scott Dixon headed the Panoz G Force charge at Phoenix on Saturday for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, setting the second fastest time with a speed of 176.243mph.
"It feels great to be right at the top of the speed chart," Dixon said.
"We made a huge jump in speed this afternoon. We were struggling to find the right balance, so I gave my engineers an idea that had worked for me in the past.
"I think we have a strong package for the season. It was a lot of fun out there today. Hopefully it will be like this when we come here for the race."
All three Panoz G Force equipped teams, Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Mo Nunn Racing and AJ Foyt Enterprises all showed impressive speed during the "Test in the West."
Panoz G Force designer Simon Marshall is confident the squads should be fighting strongly for victory at the opening round of the 2003 Championship at Homestead Miami Speedway from February 28 to March 2.
"The result at Phoenix was very pleasing because we are currently making some additional parts for the car to suit the small ovals," Marshall said.
"We have spent an enormous amount of time in the wind tunnel, but just because the year is underway, that doesn't mean development stops.
"The development process will continue right throughout the year.
"Our initial impression is that we have greatly improved the car from last year, both on super speedways and small ovals.
"Our teams have also worked very hard and everybody is now really looking forward to the first race of the year."