CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston #55 Kanaan Saturday qualifying notes/quotes

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard qualified 10th for Sunday's Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston. He recorded his best lap of 1 minute, 0.548 seconds (an average of 90.791 mph) on his last trip around the 1.527-mile downtown street course in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center during today's second to two 30-minute group qualifying sessions. It was Kanaan's best lap of the weekend and puts him on the outside of the fifth row on tomorrow's starting grid.

His new teammate Casey Mears, in the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard, qualified 25th for his first Champ Car race on a temporary street circuit. This is the #66 entry's first event since Alex Zanardi's racing accident at the American Memorial 500 in Germany three weeks ago today. Mears, who finished fourth at last season's finale in Fontana, Calif., his only other career Champ Car start, qualified in the first group session today and had a best lap of 1:02.789 (87.536 mph) to take the inside-13th-row starting position. Gil de Ferran took the pole with a fast time of 59.421 (92.513 mph), with Bruno Junqueira taking the outside-front-row starting spot in 59.943 (91.707 mph). Kenny Brack qualified third in 59.947 (91.701 mph).

Race time Sunday is 1 p.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for ESPN. Today's qualifying show will be shown on ESPN2 at 2:30 a.m. EDT Sunday. The Sunday-morning warm-up show CART2DAY is also on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. EDT.

TONY KANAAN

"All I can say is my entire heart and soul went into that last lap because that's absolutely all the car would give me. I knew when I started the lap that (team owner) Morris (Nunn) was either going to happy or sad because I was either going to stick it in the wall, or get a really fast lap. It moved me from 12th into the top 10, which is not a bad place to start here. That was sheer determination. I definitely don't like being a second off the pole. Now we have to go to work on our race setup."

- Mo Nunn Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Casey Mears , Gil de Ferran , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Mo Nunn