CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterey: Honda Racing Friday report

Kanaan leads Honda field Friday at Laguna Seca. Tony Kanaan led the six driver Honda-powered entry in opening round qualifying today for Sunday's Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey here at Laguna Seca Raceway in central California. The Mo Nunn...

Kanaan leads Honda field Friday at Laguna Seca.

Tony Kanaan led the six driver Honda-powered entry in opening round qualifying today for Sunday's Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey here at Laguna Seca Raceway in central California. The Mo Nunn Racing driver ended the day fourth fastest in his first road course event since the team switched to a Lola chassis from the Reynards previously used.

Owner/driver Adrian Fernandez, last weeks second-place finisher at the Milwaukee Mile, was 10th quickest with teammate Shinji Nakano 18th overall. Milwaukee race winner Paul Tracy was 13th, just over a second slower than provisional pole qualifier Kenny Brack. But both Michael Andretti and Dario Franchitti struggled with poor handling today, their times good for only 17th and 19th on the provisional grid.

By being the fastest qualifier today, Brack insures himself of at least a front row starting position regardless of how final qualifying round plays out. Live television coverage from Laguna Seca starts tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. EDT, which will include the second and final qualifying session.

Tony Kanaan (#10 Pioneer/Worldcom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda) 4th in first-round qualifying: "Well, you can never say you're satisfied in this business, but I think we' re very pleased with our very first day on a road course with our new Lola. I really have to take my hat off to all the guys for a tremendous job, especially Iain (Watt, engineer), (team owner) Morris (Nunn), and Donnie (Lambert, crew chief). The most important thing is that we're going consistently fast. That's a good feeling, to run well from the very start of the weekend. Now, the job will be to stay on top of the conditions and keep improving on what we've got."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Shinji Nakano , Kenny Brack , Mo Nunn