CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana: Honda qualifying report

Kanaan claims California pole. Tony Kanaan continued to be the man to beat at this weekend's California 500, with the Honda-powered driver claiming his second pole of the season in single-car qualifying for tomorrow's CART FedEx Championship ...

Kanaan claims California pole.

Tony Kanaan continued to be the man to beat at this weekend's California 500, with the Honda-powered driver claiming his second pole of the season in single-car qualifying for tomorrow's CART FedEx Championship Series event. The Brazilian eclipsed last year's pole speed by more than three miles an hour to post Honda's fifth pole of 2002.

With all six Honda drivers qualifying in the first six rows, Michael Andretti will start tomorrow's 250-lap race from the fifth position, just ahead of Milwaukee race winner Paul Tracy. Teammate Dario Franchitti, winner of the most recent CART oval race at Rockingham in England, will start ninth. Max Papis, substituting for the injured Adrian Fernandez, rounds out the top ten with his teammate, Shinji Nakano, starting 12th in the field.

The next-to-last CART race of the 2002 season gets underway tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. EST, with live television coverage on Speed Channel.

Tony Kanaan (#10 Pioneer/Mo Nunn Racing Honda) Pole Qualifier, Honda's 5th pole of 2002:

"What can I say? Obviously, I have a very good car. I had a little help on my practice time this morning, but I also made some runs all alone and was able to get into the high 231s (miles per hour) pretty consistently. So we qualified about where I thought we would, speed-wise. It's great to be on the pole, but if there's one race where it's not an advantage to be on the pole, it's here. I might be leading in Turn 1, but I could fall back to third or worse by Turn 2, and then be back in the lead by Turn 3. Who knows, it's always that kind of a day here. There will be a lot of passing tomorrow, but people will be taking good care of each other. Things got a little bit crazy in the middle of the race last year. For now, I think I'll enjoy this a little bit with my guys because they've done an excellent job since we unloaded the car. But tomorrow, it's going to be a long day and I just hope we'll be there, fighting for the win at the end."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Shinji Nakano , Mo Nunn