Felipe Giaffone and the ...
Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force qualified third for Sunday's Radisson Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. He clocked a fast lap of 20.231 seconds (177.938 mph) over the scenic mile oval south of Colorado Spring to put him on the starting grid firmly behind front-row-starting teammates Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves. Giaffone used up one of his two allotted qualifying laps before waving off his originally scheduled attempt. The team had just completed an engine change prior to the qualifying session after encountering problems in today's second of two practice sessions. Giaffone found the car wasn't quite right on the initial qualifying lap, so the team opted to wave off the attempt and go to the back of the qualifying line.
Polesitter de Ferran clocked a fast lap of 20.224 seconds (177.991 mph) while Castroneves came in at 20.230 seconds (177.950 mph) to earn the outside-front-row starting spot.
Race time Sunday is 2 p.m. MDT (4 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV.
"I really wish I could have had a second qualifying lap now because I think the Hollywood car could have won the pole today. But, looking back, I think we have to be satisfied with where we are. I was getting pretty anxious because I really didn't know what to expect from the car after we had to change engines so quickly. I went out for my first qualifying attempt and the car was quite loose. So we decided to wave off the attempt and try it again after making some changes to the car. At that point, I was praying for rain because we would have started no worse than fourth (Giaffone is fourth in the current driver points standings) if qualifying got rained out. But third is even better, as it turned out. For the race, our main goal is to finish the race because there is always a lot going on out there on this little track. It's wide-open racing, but you're always turning and you really have to work hard to stay out of trouble. The whole team did a great job today and I want to give them a big pat on the back."