Kanaan Claims the Pole Position at Kansas in Team 7-Eleven Car KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 28, 2007) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan will start from the pole position for Sunday's running of the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 after posting a best-lap...
Kanaan Claims the Pole Position at Kansas in Team 7-Eleven Car
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 28, 2007) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan will start from the pole position for Sunday's running of the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 after posting a best-lap speed of 214.188 miles per hour (25.5476 seconds) during his qualifying attempt. It is Kanaan's seventh career IndyCar Series pole position, his first since winning the coveted position for the 2005 Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan, the 2005 race winner at Kansas, has four career starts at the track and has never finished out of the top five.
Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We knew we had a good car but, in this series you can never be that greedy thinking you're going to win the race starting from the pole. We try to win every race. It's great momentum and a very good start to the season for Team 7-Eleven as far as results. It's been my best average since 2004 when I won the championship. It's been a long time and feels great to be back at the front."
Marco Andretti will start ninth for Sunday's running of the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 from Kansas Speedway. Andretti posted a best-lap speed of 211.808 miles per hour (25.8347 seconds) during his qualifying attempt in the #26 NYSE car.
Marco Andretti, #26 NYSE Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I feel good about the qualifying run. We've really worked on the race setup. We'll have to get a good start. My main concern is getting the NYSE car with the lead group right away. If we can do that, then we'll be good. The qualifying run was the quickest lap of the weekend for the NYSE car. But, after my run I just really wanted to see TK (Tony Kanaan) keep the pole. This is a good mile-and-a-half oval and I am ready for tomorrow's race."
Despite having electrical issues during the second practice session, Canadian Club driver Dario Franchitti will start from the sixth position at the Kansas Lottery Indy 300. Franchitti posted a best-lap speed of 213.075 miles per hour (25.6811 seconds) on his first and only qualifying lap. Franchitti received only one qualifying lap after pulling from the qualifying order while repairs were being finished.
Dario Franchitti, #27 Canadian Club Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"It was a tough day for us. In the second session, I felt the car was very good in race trim. Of course then we had the electrical problem that kept us from doing any qualifying simulations. Then we only got to do one qualifying lap, so that really put a dent in our plans for the Canadian Club car. I think we're in good condition for tomorrow. I am really looking forward to it. It was a big team performance today with TK (Tony Kanaan) on the pole. Now, hopefully we'll be up there battling with him for the win."
Motorola driver Danica Patrick turned a best-lap speed of 211.796 miles per hour (25.8362 seconds) during her qualifying attempt on Saturday and will start 10th in the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway.
Danica Patrick, #7 Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"It's so frustrating when your teammates go out there and go really fast, you've got the same car and you don't go as quick as they do. It doesn't make any sense. My qualifying simulation was the same as Kanaan's, for the most part, and he went a couple miles an hour quicker than I did."