Alex Zanardi, in the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard, will start Sunday's Miller Lite 200 from the outside of the 10th row. Zanardi posted the seventh-fastest qualifying time in today's first of two qualifying groups. His lap of 1 minute, 7.068 seconds (an average of 121.202 mph) was 20th-fastest overall today.
Teammate Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start seventh after a fast qualifying lap of 1:06.196 (122.799 mph). Gil de Ferran was today's fast qualifier in 1:05.442 (124.214 mph), and alongside him on the front row will be his teammate Helio Castroneves, who posted a fast lap of 1:05.877 (123.394 mph). Patrick Carpentier qualified third in 1:05.905 (123.341 mph).
Race time Sunday is noon EDT with a live broadcast set for ESPN. Today's qualifying sessions will be shown on a tape-delayed basis at 1 a.m. EDT Sunday on ESPN2. The Sunday-morning warm-up show CART2DAY is set to air at 10:30 a.m. EDT on ESPN2.
"There's not much to say other than the fact that the car wasn't as good in the qualifying session as it was in practice this morning, or yesterday. We're not exactly sure why, at this point. But I'm sure we'll figure out what happened between this morning and this afternoon. It didn't feel quite as good. It lost a little power from this morning's session. I can't say traffic was all that great. But that's not the biggest of our problems. I think we will be okay tomorrow. This is a track where you can get away with starting a little farther back, if you play the right strategy. We'll see."