CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Honda Friday qualifying report

Circuit: Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.97-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, California 2001 Winner: Helio Castroneves (Honda) 86.223 mph average speed 2001 Pole: Helio Castroneves (Honda) 103.343 mph average speed Weather: Partly...

Circuit: Grand Prix of Long Beach (1.97-mile temporary street circuit), Long Beach, California

2001 Winner: Helio Castroneves (Honda) 86.223 mph average speed

2001 Pole: Helio Castroneves (Honda) 103.343 mph average speed Weather: Partly cloudy, mild, 65-degrees F

Kanaan Quickest Honda at Long Beach

Tony Kanaan led the Honda-powered field today in opening round qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach, California. The Mo Nunn Racing driver was the pole qualifier here in 1999 and started on the inside of the second row here last year.

Less than three-tenths of a second back, Paul Tracy was ninth overall and the first of the three Honda-powered Team Green entries today, with Dario Franchitti, Adrian Fernandez, Michael Andretti and Shinji Nakano filling out positions 14-17.

Final qualifying takes place tomorrow at 4:45 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on the Speed Channel network. Today's qualifying action also was televised live on Speed Channel and additional highlights will be shown on "CART Friday Night" starting at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

Tony Kanaan (#10 Pioneer/WorldCom Mo Nunn Racing Honda) 6th fastest qualifier: "

"I've got to say that we left nothing on the table. I pulled out all the stops on my fast laps. So much that I almost hit the wall three different times. That was a whole lot better than this morning when were a second off the pace. It was a great job by Iain Watt, my engineer, to figure out our problems and give me a good car for qualifying. I really have to thank Iain and my boys for this one. Now, it's time to go back to work and try to go faster tomorrow."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Tony Kanaan , Shinji Nakano , Mo Nunn