Tony Kanaan ...
#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard
Firestone Firehawk 600, Presented by Pioneer
Qualifying Notes/Quotes - Saturday, April 28, 2001
Texas Motor Speedway - 1.5-Mile Tri-Oval
Round 3 of 21 on the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series
Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start Sunday's Firestone Firehawk 600, Presented by Pioneer, from the outside of the seventh row. After recording a top-two practice time for the third session in a row this morning, Kanaan had what he termed a disappointing qualifying run in the mid-day Texas heat. The 19th of 26 qualifiers to go, Kanaan turned in a fast lap of 23.142 seconds (an average of 230.542 mph) over the high-banked 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval. His car got slightly loose in Turn 4 of his second of two qualifying laps as he was searching for more speed. But he had to settle for the 14th on the starting grid.
Teammate Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start outside the third row in Sunday's 600-kilometer main event. Zanardi, the first of 26 qualifiers to go, saw his 23.003-second (231.935 mph) time hold up, good for sixth overall.
Kenny Brack, a former Indy Racing League competitor who is the only driver in Sunday's field with race experience on the Texas Motor Speedway oval, earned his second pole of the season today in 22.854 seconds (233.447mph). Patrick Carpentier, with a time of 22.864 seconds (233.345 mph) joins Brack on the front row. Oriol Servia qualified fourth at 22.900 seconds (232.978 mph), Bryan Herta was fourth in 22.931 seconds (232.663 mph), and Shinji Nakano rounds out the top five after a lap of 22.988 seconds (232.086 mph).
The tape-delayed broadcast of today's CART qualifying show will air on ESPN2 at 1 a.m. EDT Sunday. Tomorrow's warm-up show CART2DAY will air at 11 a.m. EDT on ESPN2. And race time Sunday is set for 2 p.m. CDT. It will be broadcast live by ESPN at 3 p.m. EDT.
"I got a little too close to the wall on my second lap and had to correct. It wasn't that big of a deal. It probably looked more dramatic on TV than it really was. But it still is a disappointment to end up where we are because we had a very good race car right out of the box again this weekend. I was just looking for a little extra speed running on my own, and I really don't know what happened. The good news is that we really do have a great race car in traffic, so I'm reasonably confident about tomorrow. It's a long race, as I've been saying all along, and it will be a matter of being in a good position during the last 50 laps before anyone can think about going all out for the win. We'll be in good shape."
-Mo Nunn Racing