IRL: Richmond: G Force race report

Felipe Giaffone is proving to be a model of consistency in the Indy Racing League for G Force after finishing 3rd in the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway overnight. Since his third place run at the Indianapolis 500, ...

Felipe Giaffone is proving to be a model of consistency in the Indy Racing League for G Force after finishing 3rd in the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway overnight.

Since his third place run at the Indianapolis 500, Giaffone has finished fifth, fourth and now third in three consecutive races.

While the Mo Nunn Racing star pulled out another top finish, fellow G Force runner and top ten qualifier Jeff Ward was unlucky not to join him in the top five when his ignition failed late in the race.

Giaffone also could have challenged for his first IRL victory late in the event but was hampered by a brake drama.

"If I didn't have the brake problem, I think I had the car that could have won tonight," Giaffone said.

"I couldn't really use my front brakes the whole race. It's not easy to do that on this racetrack because I have to use the brakes like I do on a road course.

"There are 22 cars on a track that is so small and so hard to pass on that there was a need to use the brakes a lot.

"This was the toughest race in my life, I think. I tried to save my brakes as long as I could in case I needed them for the final laps.

"All things considered, I am very happy with third place, and we are still fourth in the points."

In a race of attrition, accidents took out the G Force machines of George Mack, Jon Herb and Sarah Fisher while electrical dramas early in the race badly delayed Robbie Buhl.

The Indy Racing League teams will now regroup for the next race of the calendar at Nashville next weekend.

"On a short track like this it is always tough on the machinery but Felipe and Jeff did a super job tonight," G Force's Chris Rushforth said.

"Sarah, Jon and George's cars are not too bad and we will certainly have them back on track next weekend.

"The positive aspect is that all the drivers were able to walk away injury free. We always look at the cars after any accident to look at ways to try to improve driver safety."

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 , Jon Herb , Robbie Buhl , Jeff Ward , Don Panoz , Mo Nunn