Tony Kanaan ...
#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard
Miller Lite 225 -- Qualifying Notes/Quotes for Saturday, June 3, 2000
Round 6 of 20 on the 2000 CART FedEx Championship Series
At The Milwaukee Mile – West Allis, Wis.
Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard will start from the inside of the sixth row in Sunday’s Miller Lite 225. He recorded a fast qualifying lap of 21.168 seconds (an average of 175.510 mph) over the legendary Milwaukee Mile oval, just 25-hundredths of a second off the time set by polesitter Juan Montoya but good enough for only the 11th spot on the grid. Montoya bested the field at 20.899 seconds (177.769 mph) to take his third pole of the season.
The green flag falls at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EDT) Sunday with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV.
“We had a little bit too much understeer in the qualifying run, a problem we’ve been fighting all weekend. I had it on my fast lap, and it got worse on my second qualifying lap. It’s a very tight grid. So, all things considered, we have to be satisfied with a top-12 qualifying position. That’s a good spot for us this weekend. As is always the case here, we’ll have to stay on the lead lap and have a good race car in traffic. Even though the track is wide and fairly smooth, it’s going to be tough to pass here. The new (mile oval) wing (configuration) is good when you’re running alone, but it makes it tough in traffic. We didn’t test here, as I’ve said, but Morris and the team have given me a very competitive race car. The teams that tested here (two weeks ago) have had an easier time adjusting to the changing track conditions. While we had a good car right off the truck, it’s been more of a gamble for us as we tried to move forward. But that’s the price you pay when you’re a one-car team, and a brand new team.”