IRL: Chicagoland: AGR/Kanaan qualifying report

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan to work from 14th at Chicagoland on Sunday JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 6, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan enters tomorrow's Delphi Indy 300 hoping to chip away at the 32-point margin that separates him from the top...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan to work from 14th at Chicagoland on Sunday

JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 6, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan enters tomorrow's Delphi Indy 300 hoping to chip away at the 32-point margin that separates him from the top of the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar^Ù Series point standings. The first step for Kanaan in that process will be to work his way toward the front from the outside of the seventh row, which is where he will start on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in the 14th race of the 2003 season.

Kanaan, who wheels the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/'Firestone, turned a lap of 220.006 miles per hour (24.8721 seconds) to qualify 14th. Sunday's race will mark just the third time this season that Kanaan has started outside the top 10. But, at the other two tracks where that was the case -- Michigan and Kentucky -- Kanaan made up 10 positions and four positions, respectively, on the opening lap of the race.

Richie Hearn, who is filling in for the injured Vitor Meira, gave Team Menard its first pole of the 2003 season by recording a lap of 223.159 miles per hour. Hearn will be joined on the front row by Tomas Scheckter, who ran a qualifying speed of 223.083. Felipe Giaffone, who is returning to competition for the first time since an injury sidelined him on July 6, qualified third at 222.646 miles per hour.

Tomorrow's race at Chicagoland begins at 2 p.m. (EDT) and will air live on ABC.

TONY KANAAN, #11 TEAM 7-ELEVEN DALLARA/HONDA/FIRESTONE:

"I'm not very happy about that run at all. Our car just wasn't what we were hoping it would be. I have no words, really. I'm just disappointed. I really think we have a good race car and that we can have a good race. We'll just have to see tomorrow."

KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"We're a little bit disappointed with our qualifying run. There are some guys that surprised us, as far as how fast they went in qualifying. But again, this is a long race -- a patient race -- and I think we've got a pretty good race car. We just need to do our normal thing tomorrow -- patience, good strategy, good pit stops -- and, I think we've got the right drivers to do the job, so I don't have any hesitation about that. Tomorrow will be a little more work than we've had in recent times. But, we've run pretty well in most races, so I'm pretty confident we can come through tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Tony Kanaan , Richie Hearn , Vitor Meira