IRL: Indy 500: Tony Kanaan leads "Carb Day" times

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 23, 2002 -- Rookie Tony Kanaan led the Coors Carb Day practice May 23 -- the final on-track session before the 86th Indianapolis 500 on May 26 -- with a top lap of 39.8667 seconds, 225.752 mph in the No. 17 Hollywood Mo...

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 23, 2002 -- Rookie Tony Kanaan led the Coors Carb Day practice May 23 -- the final on-track session before the 86th Indianapolis 500 on May 26 -- with a top lap of 39.8667 seconds, 225.752 mph in the No. 17 Hollywood Mo Nunn Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Kanaan, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, will start fifth in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on Sunday.

"We tried to run in traffic to see how the car was working," Kanaan said. "We got in 19 laps, and the car is pretty comfortable. We dialed some push into the car to see how it would work for the race, and it felt comfortable. Yeah, we're happy with that."

2001 Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish Jr. was second fastest at 39.9504, 225.279 in the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. He will start seventh in the 86th Indianapolis 500, scheduled to start at 11 a.m. (EST) Sunday.

1999 IRL champion Greg Ray was third at 40.0045, 224.975 in the No. 11 A.J. Foyt Racing/Harrah's Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. Similar speed will be essential for Ray on Race Day as he tries to climb through the field from the 31st starting spot in the 33-car field.

Gil de Ferran, who will start 14th, was fourth fastest at 40.0090, 224.949 in the No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. Robbie Buhl, who will start second, rounded out the top five at 40.0286, 224.839 in the No. 24 Team Purex/Aventis/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing G Force/Infiniti/Firestone.

MBNA Pole winner Bruno Junqueira was 10th fastest at 40.1535, 224.140 in the No. 33 Target Chip Ganassi Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone.

"We just went out and made a few full-tank runs, and the car was really good," Junqueira said. "We made a few small adjustments, and I'm getting excited for the race on Sunday. It is an advantage starting from the pole because there won't be any traffic in front of me. Hopefully, there won't be any traffic in front of me for the whole race."

All 33 starters turned at least one lap, with no incidents. The field turned a total of 771 laps during the two-hour practice.

Treadway and Associates Racing teammates Arie Luyendyk and Rick Treadway both encountered mechanical problems.

Luyendyk, who will start 24th, suffered gearbox problems in his No. 55 Meijer G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone. Treadway stalled on pit road 27 minutes into practice due to a possible brake problem with the No. 5 Sprint/Kyocera Wireless/Airlink Racing G Force/Chevrolet/Firestone.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Robbie Buhl , Arie Luyendyk , Gil de Ferran , Bruno Junqueira , Tony Kanaan , Rick Treadway , Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing , Dreyer & Reinbold Racing