Top G Force qualifyer Jeff Ward is one of several drivers looking for improvement in today's final practice sessions prior to the Indy Racing League Boomtown 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Driving for Chip Ganassi Racing,...
Top G Force qualifyer Jeff Ward is one of several drivers looking for improvement in today's final practice sessions prior to the Indy Racing League Boomtown 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, Ward will start from the fourth row in seventh place aboard the G Force chassic after recording a fastest time of 24.1183 seconds for the super fast Texas venue.
With the incredibly tight competition of the IRL, Ward was only a little over 3/10ths of a second slower than pole position winner, Tomas Scheckter, but faster than two-time 2002 winner Sam Hornish Jr. whom Ward will start alongside.
After his 217.179mph qualifying run, Ward believes patience will be the key to success on Saturday night.
"The car was not carrying enough speed through the corner. We knew we wouldn't get the pole and the change in the air temperature is hurting everyone," he said.
"This track takes lots of patience to get up front."
George Mack continued his impressive rookie season by being the second fastest G Force qualifer - out-pacing G Force Indy 500 front runners Robbie Buhl and Felipe Giaffone.
Mack was the fastest rookie in qualifying, recording a best speed of 216.407mph to start in 13th position alongside Buhl in 14th.
The Californian-based African-American driver is looking forward to his first IRL start under lights tomorrow night.
"I've never run at night before. We'll have to feel it out as I go and make some changes to the car once we get some pit stops and it a better race race car as the race progresses," Mack said.
Other G Force drivers included Felipe Giaffone (214.445mph) in 18th spot and Rick Treadway (211.817mph) in 22nd. Under one second covered the entire grid in qualifying.
"We would obviously like to have been faster in qualifying, but our teams also will not have to change their cars much for the race," G Force, Senior Technical Engineer, Chris Rushforth said.
"Everybody will have a much clearer indication in today's practice session when the opposition start putting on more downforce for race conditions.
"This is also the first time a couple of our teams have run here, so they are still coming up to speed. I think we should still be very strong in the race."
RESULTS - TEXAS QUALIFYING - G FORCE
7th Jeff Ward 217.179mph
13th George Mack 216.407mph
14th Robbie Buhl 216.293mph
18th Felipe Giaffone 214.445mph
22nd Rick Treadway 211.817mph