Alex Zanardi and the ...
Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Honda-Reynard will start fifth in Sunday's Target Grand Prix, his best qualifying effort of the season. Zanardi recorded a fast lap of 23.315 seconds (an average of 158.885 mph) over the 1-mile Chicago Motor Speedway oval. He qualified sixth at Texas earlier this season for a race that was subsequently postponed.
Teammate Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard secured Mo Nunn Racing's first-ever pole qualifying position today. Kanaan' s fast lap of 23.145-second (160.052-mph) earned him his second career pole and first on an oval. Helio Castroneves will start alongside Kanaan on the front row after recording the second-fastest qualifying time of 23.148 seconds (160.031 mph). Adrian Fernandez was third, making it a Honda sweep of the top three qualifying positions with a run of 23.203 seconds (159.652 mph). Memo Gidley was fourth at 23.221 seconds (159.528 mph).
Race time Sunday is 3 p.m. CDT (4 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV. The Sunday-morning warm-up show CART2DAY can be seen on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. EDT.
"I'm so happy for Tony. He's been working so hard and he deserves the reward he got today. As for me, I had the best car I've had all weekend, so obviously we are moving in the right direction. I'm pretty satisfied with my qualifying run. The car wasn't perfect, but I really wasn't expecting much better than what we got to begin with. We ran very well on Friday, but we took a little bit of a step backward in practice this morning. So it was a little bit of a jump in the dark for qualifying. As you can see, we made some good decisions because we were able to go a good two-tenths faster than this morning. This is a great place. It seems to be an oval much more suited to our cars than the other mile ovals. I'm hoping for good things on Sunday."