De Ferran switches to G-Force for Fontana

Penske Racing's Gil de Ferran, who will retire at the end of the season, is to switch back to the Panoz G-Force chassis he used in this year's Indianapolis 500 and at Texas Motor Speedway earlier in the summer in a bid to improve his competitiveness as the IRL IndyCar Series' title battle hots up

De Ferran switches to G-Force for Fontana

De Ferran is one of a group of five drivers that includes team-mate Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and Sam Hornish Jr, who can clinch this year's crown with just this weekend's race in California and the finale in Texas still to run.

The Brazilian has used the Dallara chassis for the last nine races, but with the final two rounds being at high-speed ovals, the Indy 500 winner has elected to use the G-Force which has gained an advantage on super-speedways.

"Obviously, Gil had success with the [Panoz] G-Force at Indianapolis, and we think it might give him a bit of an edge at the bigger tracks," said Tim Cindric, president of Penske Racing. "We had a good test with it last week in Fontana, so we decided to give it a shot."

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