Giaffone, Takagi 1-2 in final practice for Bombardier 500 at Texas FORT WORTH, Texas (Friday, June 6, 2003) -- Mo Nunn Racing teammates Felipe Giaffone and Tora Takagi wrapped up preparations for Saturday night's Bombardier 500 by posting the...
Giaffone, Takagi 1-2 in final practice for Bombardier 500 at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (Friday, June 6, 2003) -- Mo Nunn Racing teammates Felipe Giaffone and Tora Takagi wrapped up preparations for Saturday night's Bombardier 500 by posting the top two times in this afternoon's final practice at Texas Motor Speedway.
Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Toyota-powered Panoz G Force topped the charts with a fast lap of 220.574 mph (23.7471 seconds) around the 1.5-mile high-banked tri-oval here. Giaffone will start Saturday night's race from the inside of the third row after qualifying Thursday night at 216.755 mph (24.1655 seconds).
Takagi, in the #12 Pioneer/Mo Nunn Racing Toyota-powered Panoz G Force, was next in the final practice order today with a lap of 219.916 mph (23.8182 seconds). Takagi qualified for the inside-second-row starting position on Thursday night with a lap of 218.027 mph (24.0246 seconds), his second top-three qualifying effort in the last three races.
Teammates Tomas Scheckter and Scott Dixon qualified on the front row. Tony Kanaan qualified for the second-row spot outside Takagi. Kenny Brack will start outside Giaffone on the third row.
"We caught a huge draft and ran a good lap. The car feels really comfortable running by myself or with people, running inside and outside. It will probably be a typical Texas race tomorrow night -- very close. It's really fun racing here while you're on the track. Sometimes you think about it later and think, 'Maybe that wasn't so much fun.' When you have good equipment like I do, it's a lot of fun. In the earlier practice session, we tried some more downforce and took it off this afternoon. I was expecting faster qualifying, but it's tomorrow that counts. Last year the Dallaras were faster in qualifying, but once the race began it was different. This year it looks like the G Force is faster in qualifying, but that doesn't mean that will hold for the race."
"My car is very good. It was very good right away after we started practice last night. I think we can still take a little downforce out of the car. I am feeling very comfortable here on this track. It will be very interesting to race at night for the first time. We had no problems qualifying in the darkness last night, so that is good. I am looking forward to a good finishing position tomorrow night."