Alex Zanardi, in the ...
Alex Zanardi, in the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard, clocked the fifth-fastest time in afternoon practice today for Sunday's Target Grand Prix. He circled the 1-mile Chicago Motor Speedway oval in 23.960 seconds (an average of 154.608 mph) to score the sixth-fastest time of the day during this afternoon's 90-minute session. Zanardi's time of 24.135 seconds (153.487 mph) was ninth-fastest in this morning's 1-hour, 45-minute outing.
Teammate Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard posted the 15th-fastest time of the day this morning at 24.079 seconds (153.844 mph), sixth-fastest for the session. Bruno Junqueira as fastest on the day at 23.714 seconds (156.212 mph), followed by Kenny Brack at 23.731 seconds (156.100 mph) and Tora Takagi at 23.766 seconds (155.870 mph).
Practice resumes at 9:30 a.m. EDT Saturday with single-car qualifying set for 1:30 p.m. ESPN2's qualifying show will be shown on a tape-delayed basis at 6:00 p.m. EDT Saturday. Race time Sunday is 3 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV.
"We're obviously concentrating on having a very fast car for qualifying because this race is all about starting up front and running the right strategy. Unfortunately, pure performance doesn't come into play in the race this weekend, but it's very important to start up front. So we will need to make our car a little bit better, still. It will be very, very difficult to pass on Sunday, and the race will be all about who gets the best fuel mileage. That's a shame, but those are the cards we are dealt. The good thing is, we're headed in the right direction."