Tony Kanaan and the ...
Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard will start Sunday's season-ending 500-mile event California Speedway from the outside of the sixth row. He clocked a fast qualifying lap of 31.101 seconds (234.861 mph) around the 2-mile superspeedway oval, the 12th-best posting in today's qualifying session. Series points leader Gil de Ferran grabbed the pole with a track-record time of 30.255 seconds (241.428 mph), with teammates Michael Andretti (30.550; 239.097 mph) and Christian Fittipaldi (30.553; 239.073 mph) some two-tenths of a second behind in second and third, respectively.
Race time Sunday is 11:30 a.m. PST (2:30 p.m. EST) with a live broadcast set for ESPN.
"We were projecting about a 235 mph lap and we almost got that. I was flat out all the way around the track. We got maybe just a little greedy with the setup, so the car was a bit loose. But overall we're fairly pleased because we did our best. No excuses. We knew we weren't going to be the fastest car our there, so we'll concentrate on the race and do everything we can to be there at the end. It's a long race. We'll need a good, consistent car, and make the right changes as the track changes. Hey, Morris has won 500-milers before. I've won one. If I didn't believe we could do it, I wouldn't jump in the car to begin with. It'd be great to send Mercedes-Benz off with a win in their last race. They've been so good to us all year long."