IRL: Indy 500: AGR's Kanaan day four practice report

Kanaan continues to progress in Team 7-Eleven machine. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 7, 2003) -- Tony Kanaan continued to make strides Wednesday in the ...

Kanaan continues to progress in Team 7-Eleven machine.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 7, 2003) -- Tony Kanaan continued to make strides Wednesday in the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone as his team prepares for an Indy 500 qualifying attempt on Saturday.

Kanaan, who turned his first laps yesterday since sustaining injuries in Japan on April 13, charted a best speed of 229.455 miles per hour (39.2234 seconds), which was fast enough to rank fifth on the day. The team focused on its qualifying package, running Kanaan for a total of 68 laps.

Former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack topped the practice chart on Wednesday with a quick lap of 231.0390 miles per hour (38.9544 seconds) and was followed by Scott Sharp at 230.1100 (39.1118 seconds). Gil de Ferran clocked in third fastest at 229.8840 miles per hour (39.1501 seconds), while Greg Ray was fourth at 229.5390 (39.2091 seconds).

Kanaan's Team 7-Eleven teammate Michael Andretti took the day off from practice and spent his time consulting with Kanaan outside the race car on pit road.

Practice continues tomorrow at Indianapolis in preparation for Saturday's "pole day" qualifying session. The Indy 500 is slated to go green at 12 p.m. EDT and will air live on ABC Sports.

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

"Obviously, it was a long day for all of us with the rain coming on and off. But, we had a pretty good amount of laps. We made a lot of improvements to the car. I think I'm still behind a little bit from missing those first two days. But, the car feels good. We're taking it one day at a time and I'm happy. The car is the way I like it to be right now, so we'll see what's going to happen tomorrow. We still have three days to go."

KIM GREEN , PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"We're just continuing to work through our test plan for Tony -- working towards qualifying on Saturday. We tried a lot of different things. Some things worked and some things didn't today. The conditions were cooler than yesterday, and I think one of the big things at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is that the conditions really can change the way the car balance is and your overall lap speed. Are we ecstatic about today? No. But, I think we tested a lot of things that, when we combine everything together, we should be in pretty good shape."

- AGR -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Scott Sharp , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack