CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago: Honda Saturday qualifying report

Franchitti claims Chicago pole. Dario Franchitti claimed Honda's third pole of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series season today at Chicago Motor Speedway, besting Canadian Alex Tagliani by the narrow margin of just six-thousandths of ...

Franchitti claims Chicago pole.

Dario Franchitti claimed Honda's third pole of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series season today at Chicago Motor Speedway, besting Canadian Alex Tagliani by the narrow margin of just six-thousandths of a second.

Tony Kanaan, who led the field in morning practice despite a quick spin at the end of the session, finished his qualifying run in fourth, one tenth of a second off Franchitti's time. Paul Tracy meanwhile, ended up 13th after struggling with handling issues in both practice and qualifying.

Adrian Fernandez and Michael Andretti added some late drama, as both Honda drivers elected to withdraw their primary cars after problems in their qualifying runs and re-qualify in their backup machines. Fernandez gained the most by the change, after mechanical problems with his primary car resulted in a last-row time. Allowed just one timed lap in his backup car, he still managed a huge improvement to end up sixth fastest. Andretti, meanwhile, also moved up a couple of positions and will start tomorrow's race from 14th.

Tomorrow's seventh race of the season will be broadcast live on the CBS television network, starting at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Dario Franchitti (#27 Team KOOL Green Honda) 1st pole of 2002, Honda's 3rd pole this year: "It was definitely a good run. It was a little nerve-racking at the end with both Adrian and Michael went out and re-qualified, but we're happy. I think we have an even better 'race' setup, but it's bloody hot out here and that's the forecast for tomorrow, so it's going to be a long day. A tough race, but hopefully we will have a good day."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan