Tony Kanaan put his ...
Tony Kanaan put his #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola on the front row today in provisional qualifying for Sunday's Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland, Presented by U.S. Bank. Kanaan recorded a fast lap of 58.092 seconds (130.510 mph) around the 2.106-mile temporary road course layout on the tarmac and runways of the Burke Lakefront Airport near downtown Cleveland. The lap came on his final trip around the track and vaulted him from ninth to second on the speed charts. It was Kanaan's best qualifying session since he put the Pioneer-WorldCom Honda second on the starting grid at Japan's Twin Ring Motegi in May.
Cristiano da Matta, who's going for a record fifth consecutive CART FedEx Championship Series victory here this weekend, earned the provisional pole with a lap of 57.641 seconds (131.531 mph). Scott Dixon had the third-best lap of the session at 58.094 seconds (130.506 mph).
Final qualifying is set for 1:45 p.m. EDT Saturday, preceded by morning practice at 10 a.m. Race time Sunday is 1:30 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast set for CBS-TV.
TONY KANAAN QUOTES
"It think it did me some good to spend the past week at Cristiano's house. After the race at Toronto last week, I told him I wanted to see for myself what is his secret to all his recent success. I can't check out his team, so the next best thing is to check out his house. He's been on such a roll, lately, that I wanted to eat like him, sleep like him, play video games like him, drink his milk, whatever I could learn from him. It must have worked because here I am! Seriously, though, we've been struggling so much since we switched chassis (from Reynard to Lola in May) and we finally got it together today. I'm still not happy with my car, but sitting second on the grid right now and still not being happy with my car must be a good thing. I got blocked not once, but twice at the end of the session by the same guy. I don't know why that happens. I finally got a clear lap on my very last hot lap and it turned out to be the big one. I'm really happy for my guys. They've been working so hard and we've had such frustrating results that this is a big lift for them. The secret here to just keep on fighting, and this kind of thing is the best motivator. So now we'll go back and work on the car and try to make it better because tomorrow is a whole new day."
-Mo Nunn Racing-