Felipe Giaffone and the ...
Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force wrapped up preparations for Saturday night's Boomtown 500 Indy Racing League event at Texas Motor Speedway with the 10th-fastest lap of today's final practice session on the 1.5-mile oval. He clocked a fast lap of 23.938 seconds (218.813 mph) today, a full half-second faster than his best qualifying lap on Thursday night. He will start 18th in Saturday's 500-kilometer event under the lights. Earlier in the day today, Giaffone had the 12th-fastest lap in the next-to-last practice session of the weekend.
Eddie Cheever had the fastest final practice lap at 23.570 seconds (222.228 mph), followed by Sam Hornish at 23.595 seconds (221.990 mph) and polesitter Tomas Scheckter at 23.637 seconds (221.600 mph). Cheever will start on the outside of the front row and Hornish will start eighth.
Race time Saturday is 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for ESPN.
"We have the car working pretty well right now. It's still not the fastest car on the track, but it's working well in traffic, which will be very important here because we will definitely need to be able to stay in contact with the leaders. I think if our pit strategy works out, we should have a pretty good result tomorrow. I'm definitely feeling much more comfortable in the car than I did yesterday. We put a new engine in the car before we started practice today and it helped make a huge difference. I'm comfortable, and the car is working well in the draft. Those are all good signs that we should be in pretty good shape tomorrow night. No matter what happens, it's going to be exciting to race under the lights for the first time this year."