Alex Zanardi Alex Zanardi and the ...
Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard recorded the ninth-fastest practice time of the day for Sunday's Firestone Firehawk 500. His fast time came in the morning session at 26.352 seconds (an average of 211.475-mph) over the 1.549-mph Twin Ring Motegi oval. He followed that up with a lap of 26.486 seconds (210.405 mph) in the afternoon session, which was 12th-best in that session.
Zanardi's teammate Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard clocked the fastest practice time of the day. Kanaan's best time came in the morning session, as well - a 26.142-second (213.174-mph) lap. In the afternoon session, Kanaan's run of 26.248 seconds (212.313 mph) was beaten only by Helio Castroneves' 26.192-second (212.767-mph) lap. Castroneves' afternoon time was the second fastest of the day. Cristiano da Matta's 26.255-second (212.257-mph) lap this afternoon was the third-quickest of the day.
Practice continues at 9:30 a.m. local time Friday (8:30 p.m. EDT Thursday), followed by qualifying at 1:30 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m. EDT) Friday. Race time is 12:30 p.m. local time Saturday (11:30 p.m. EDT Friday) with a tape-delayed broadcast set for ABC-TV at 1 p.m. EDT Saturday.
"We started with a very good race car today, but then we changed a lot of things and couldn't go as fast as we wanted to in the afternoon. But Tony continued in the same direction we started in this morning and proved some things that we believed after the morning session. I'm very much looking to going out and running in the morning to verify those things for ourselves. I'm confident that we will have a good result this weekend."