CHAMPCAR/CART: Corby: Honda Friday report

Andretti on the front row at Rockingham . Under clear blue skies on a warm English Midlands "Indian Summer" afternoon, Honda-powered Michael Andretti came within just two-hundredths of a second of capturing the pole for tomorrow's Sure for ...

Andretti on the front row at Rockingham .

Under clear blue skies on a warm English Midlands "Indian Summer" afternoon, Honda-powered Michael Andretti came within just two-hundredths of a second of capturing the pole for tomorrow's Sure for Men/Rockingham 500 in Corby, England. Instead, the Team Motorola driver will start from the outside of the front row alongside Kenny Brack, a first-time pole qualifier this year and the runner-up in last year's inaugural race here.

Andretti and teammates Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy, all were fast from the start of practice this morning, at one point capturing the top three positions on the time charts around this four-cornered oval.

Less than a tenth of a second slower than Andretti, Franchitti will line up fifth for the start of tomorrow's 500-kilometer event. Tracy and Mo Nunn Racing's Tony Kanaan make up the fourth row of the starting grid, while owner/driver Adrian Fernandez just missed out on a top ten grid position and will start 11th. Shinji Nakano was delayed by mechanical problems in the morning practice session, and qualified 15th today.

Saturday's 211-lap race will start at 8:30 a.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the Speed Channel network.

Michael Andretti (#39 Team Motorola Honda) Qualified 2nd: "Our entire team did a really good job in preparing for this event, and that's important for a two-day race weekend. We unloaded with a good (chassis) setup for the oval and just tweaked it during practice this morning. The track definitely has more grip with the resurfacing done this year. During my qualifying run, I just closed my eyes, held the throttle wide open and the car stuck to the track!"

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Shinji Nakano , Kenny Brack , Mo Nunn