Felipe Giaffone and the ...
Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force will start Sunday's Bombardier ATV Copper World Indy 200 from the outside of the second row, as the 2001 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year equaled his career-best IRL qualifying effort today on the Phoenix International Raceway mile oval.
Giaffone, who turned the sixth-best laps in practice on Friday and the seventh-best practice lap this morning, turned it up a notch in qualifying. He turned a fast lap of 20.215 seconds (an average of 178.083 mph) on his second of two green-flag qualifying laps this afternoon, good for fourth on tomorrow's starting grid. It was his best IRL qualifying effort since last season's event at Homestead, Fla.
CART FedEx Championship Series refugee Helio Castroneves earned the pole today with a lap of 20.012/179.888, followed by defending series champion Sam Hornish at 20.029/179.735 and Jeff Ward at 20.156/178.602.
Race time Sunday is 2 p.m. MST (4 p.m. EST) and it will be broadcast live by ABC-TV. The Indy Racing Today pre-race show can be seen live on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. EST.
"I am really happy with my car and with everyone on the Hollywood/Mo Nunn team. I pushed a little bit harder today and the car was right there. We had a better set-up than we had in the practices yesterday and today. I had the sixth-best lap on Friday, even though the car had some understeering in the first practice. And I had the seventh-best lap in practice this morning. Now, we just have to keep on working like this in the race tomorrow. My team always gives me good cars. We struggled in Miami, but I think finishing seventh was actually pretty good. I think for tomorrow, we're in good position for a top finish. We just have to stay out of trouble."