CHAMPCAR/CART: Texas #66 Zanardi Saturday qualifying notes and quotes

Alex Zanardi ...

Alex Zanardi

#66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard
Firestone Firehawk 600, Presented by Pioneer
Qualifying Notes-Quotes - Saturday, April 28, 2001
Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth, Texas - 1.5-Mile Tri-Oval
Round 3 of 21 on the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series

Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start outside the third row in Sunday's Firestone Firehawk 600, Presented by Pioneer. Zanardi, the first of 26 qualifiers to go, saw his 23.003-second (an average of 231.935 mph) fast lap time hold up for sixth overall on the high-banked 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway tri-oval.

Teammate Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start 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 (230.542 mph). 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.

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 for Sunday's 600-kilometer main event is set for 2 p.m. CDT. It will be broadcast live by ESPN at 3 p.m. EDT.

ALEX ZANARDI

"I must say I'm getting more and more comfortable here. It was quite a shock yesterday morning to run my first oval track in three years at a place like this. But we worked and worked to make the car more balanced and I think we have a good race car for tomorrow. That's going to be important on this track, not the car that is fastest out there on its own. Qualifying here is one thing, but especially at this unusual race distance, a well-balanced car that can handle the bumps and run well in traffic is going to win. I'm really looking forward to racing here."

-Mo Nunn Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Oriol Servia , Bryan Herta , Shinji Nakano , Kenny Brack , Mo Nunn