CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan Houston Saturday qualifying notes

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard wound up 10th in final qualifying today and will start Sunday's Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston on the outside of the fifth row. Kanaan recorded a fast lap of 59.223 seconds (an average of 92.822 mph) over the 1.527-mile temporary downtown street course. It was an improvement of almost one full second over Friday's provisional qualifying time, which placed him eighth on the provisional grid. But traffic played in role today and kept him from moving up in the order. Nonetheless, it was Kanaan's best qualifying result on a road course, his previous best being 12th at Laguna Seca three weekends ago.

Race time Sunday is 3 p.m. CDT with a live broadcast provided by ABC-TV. Gil de Ferran will start from the pole after a fast lap today of 58.767 seconds (93.558 mph).

TONY KANAAN

"The car was quicker today. I'm very happy with it. The unfortunate thing is that I was blocked badly on the final two turns of my best lap. My dash (computer) told me I was working on a lap two-tenths (of a second) quicker than I ended up with, and that would have put me in the top five or top six. That's a shame. But I did my best. Blocking and the weather are two things you can't control on race weekend. We'll see what happens tomorrow. I have a very decent race car. It's going to be a tough race. Tough on all of us, because the weather will be hot. It will be tough on the cars, the gearboxes, the motors. The usual things you have to deal with at a downtown street race. But we will persevere!"

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Tony Kanaan , Mo Nunn