IRL: Kansas: Honda qualifying report

Kanaan and Ray lead Honda Kansas qualifiers. As he has for virtually every race this season, IRL points leader Tony Kanaan led the Honda field in qualifying at Kansas Speedway for Sunday's Kansas Indy 300. The Andretti Green driver, already a...

Kanaan and Ray lead Honda Kansas qualifiers.

As he has for virtually every race this season, IRL points leader Tony Kanaan led the Honda field in qualifying at Kansas Speedway for Sunday's Kansas Indy 300. The Andretti Green driver, already a race winner at Phoenix this year, qualified eighth, three-tenths of a second off the time of pole qualifier Scott Dixon.

Access Motorsports owner/driver Greg Ray is next in the 22-car starting field, with a qualifying time just one-hundredth of a second slower than Kanaan. The remaining Honda-powered drivers qualified in a group, led by Andretti Green Racing's Bryan Herta, who will share the sixth row of the grid with former series champion Kenny Brack. Rookies Dan Wheldon and Roger Yasukawa will make up the seventh row.

Heat was once again an issue at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway, with temperatures in the mid-90s and a "heat index" of more than 100 degrees. And the high temperatures are expected to continue on Sunday, when the 200-lap race starts at 1 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

Kenny Brack (No. 15 Pioneer/Miller Lite Team Rahal Honda) Qualified 11th: "I think we had too much drag in the car today. Maybe the heat was a factor today. The car felt pretty good, but I'm not sure it is freed up enough. I've never raced here before, but I think it will be similar to the [other] 1.5-mile tracks. The racing will be exciting with the drafting. You won't see side-by-side racing like at Texas, but it will be good, and there should be quite a bit of passing. Drafting will play a role in the race, but we need to have a good car, too. You can't rely on hanging on with the other guys." (About the heat): "What heat? It's good for you if you are on a diet. I should lose some weight on Sunday."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Scott Dixon , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa