INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 22, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven teammates Michael Andretti and Tony Kanaan used Thursday's traditional two-hour "Carburetion Day" practice session to make their final preparations for Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Both drivers...
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 22, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven teammates Michael Andretti and Tony Kanaan used Thursday's traditional two-hour "Carburetion Day" practice session to make their final preparations for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
Both drivers put their respective Team 7-Eleven machines through a series of short "shake-down" runs to check setups in what was the final practice before the 87th edition of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Kanaan turned a total of 23 laps with a best speed of 226.659 miles per hour. Andretti, who also ran 23 laps, posted a quick lap of 226.190 miles per hour.
Kenny Brack topped the final Indy 500 practice session with a speed of 228.707 miles per hour. He was followed by Andretti Green Racing driver Robby Gordon at 227.850 miles per hour, Gil de Ferran at 227.812, Greg Ray at 227.790 and Scott Dixon at 227.714.
Kanaan is set to roll from the #2 starting position, while Andretti starts 13th in his final start as a driver when the Indy 500 goes green Sunday at 12 p.m. EDT on ABC Sports.
TONY KANAAN, #11 TEAM 7-ELEVEN DALLARA/HONDA/FIRESTONE:
"It was just a shake-down. We weren't worried about lap times. We weren't worried about anything. I just wanted to feel my car, feel my tires and everything was good. We've had the whole month to figure things out, so if you don't have it figured out by now you're in big trouble. We're in good shape."
KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:
"Carburetion Day is always eventful. This wasn't as smooth of a session as we would have liked. But, overall, I think all the drivers are pretty happy. You really don't know where you're at until race day, but I think we're in pretty good shape."
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, #7 TEAM 7-ELEVEN DALLARA/HONDA/FIRESTONE:
"We were trying to get some things dialed in. We had a lot of problems, but we'll be alright. The track was very slippery, which is normal. You have to be very careful because Carburetion Day is a psychological day. You don't want to get all wrapped up in it."
TONY COTMAN, TEAM MANAGER, TEAM 7-ELEVEN:
"It was messy. We had a few issues to solve, but at the end of it I think we probably achieved what we needed to. It was not the way you would want Carburetion Day to go. We ran a few more laps than I wanted to, but we had to run the laps to fix the issues that we had. I think we finished OK. We'll just have to see how much luck we'll have in the race."
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