Tony Kanaan and his brand new ...
Tony Kanaan and his brand new #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola will start Sunday's Miller Lite 250 from the outside of the fourth row after single-car qualifying here today on the Milwaukee Mile oval. Kanaan, who's new car turned its first laps ever in practice yesterday, qualified eighth on the grid with a fast lap of 22.398 seconds (165.872 mph). He started the day with the third-fastest lap in morning practice. Kanaan and the team had run Reynard chassis in the first two years of the team's existence before making the switch to Lola this weekend. They will run the Lola for the remainder of the season.
Adrian Fernandez, who was fastest in all three practice sessions this weekend, earned the pole today with a qualifying lap of 22.176 seconds (167.532 mph), and will be joined on the front row by Paul Tracy, who turned a 22.205-second (167.314-mph) lap. Patrick Carpentier qualified third in 22.324 seconds (166.422 mph).
Race time Sunday is 11:30 a.m. local time (12:30 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for CBS-TV.
"We've got to be reasonably pleased with how we're doing, all things considered. We didn't turn a wheel on this car, really, until yesterday afternoon, and here we were, third in practice this morning. So that was very encouraging. We made a little change for qualifying that hurt us, I think. Plus, the weather got hotter and the car picked up some understeer, but that's the same for everybody. All in all, you've got to hand it to all of my guys because they put in over 1,300 man hours since May 6 just to get my Pioneer-WorldCom Lola ready for this weekend, and that's not counting all the hours they put in at the (Indianapolis Motor) Speedway giving me probably the best race car there was in the Indy 500 last Sunday. They've had just one day off since we got back from Japan and they're exhausted, but they just keep their heads down and keep at it, and the results are definitely showing. We're learning more and more about this car every lap. Tomorrow's another day, and we'll just have to keep improving. And hopefully a little luck will finally come our way, too."