CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan Vancouver Saturday qualifying notes

Tony Kanaan and his ...

Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard qualified 13th for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver. He toured the 1.781-mile temporary street course around Vancouver's Concord Pacific Place in 1 minute, 1.760 seconds (an average of 103.816 mph) in today's first of two group qualifying sessions. That was the fourth-best time in that 13-car group, made up primarily of drivers in the lower half of the point standings.

Teammate Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda Reynard was 10th in the same qualifying group and will start the race from the 23rd position. Teammates Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier claimed the front row with Tagliani earning the pole in 1:00.872 (105.329 mph) and Carpentier the second spot at 1:00.924 (105.239 mph). Gil de Ferran qualified third in 1:00.933 (105.224 mph).

Race time Sunday is 2 p.m. PDT (5 p.m. EDT) with a tape-delayed broadcast set to begin on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. EDT. The Sunday-morning warm-up show CART2DAY can be seen on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. EDT.

TONY KANAAN "Obviously, I'm not very happy with where we are. It's very frustrating to start the weekend fastest (in Friday-morning practice) and then see yourself go backwards from there. It makes things worse to have to qualify in the slow group because it's just tough to put your car at the front of the grid from there. But that's the situation for us right now and we have to make the best of it."

-MNR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Mo Nunn