MONTREAL (Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002) -- Tony Kanaan and the ...
MONTREAL (Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002) -- Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola improved almost eight-tenths of a second on Friday's provisional qualifying effort but remained on the inside of the seventh row for the start of Sunday's inaugural Molson Indy Montreal after final qualifying today. Kanaan turned a hot lap of 1 minute, 20.010 seconds (121.890 mph) on his next-to-last trip around the 2.747-mile Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. It was by far his best lap of the weekend, but not good enough to move him up from the 13th spot on the grid.
Provisional polesitter Cristiano da Matta turned in a remarkable lap of 1:18.959 (123.512 mph) to improve on his best lap Friday by a half-second to hold onto the pole. Dario Franchitti moved up to the outside-front-row starting spot with a lap of 1:19.334 (122.928 mph) while Bruno Junqueira was third at 1:19.347 (122.908 mph).
Race time Sunday is 2 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast set for SPEED Channel beginning with a 30-minute pre-race show at 1:30 p.m. EDT.
"We've been fighting a lot of understeer all weekend and we've been struggling to find the solution. On this track, if the front of your car is not working, you're done. The corners are so close together, and the chicanes are so fast, that you really have to be able to attack, and develop a smooth rhythm. All we can do is keep working on it and hope we get it worked out by race time. Hey, we proved last week (at Road America) that we can start in the back and go to the front on race day. I didn't turn a single good lap in qualifying, started 18th and finished fourth. Unfortunately, this week isn't a whole lot better to this point, but we're not going to quit. It's going to be a long race, and this track really is hard on the equipment and hard on the drivers. Any track where you do this much upshifting and downshifting and going from side to side is hard on you and your car. You're going to see a lot of people making a lot of mistakes, and you're going to see equipment failures, like gearboxes going away. The key will be to stay clean and hang in there until the end. We're coming off a good race, so I hope we've got momentum on our side."