IRL: Michigan: AGR, Kanaan Friday report

Kanaan, Team 7-Eleven, Top Michigan Practice Chart BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 30, 2004) - Tony Kanaan recorded the fastest speed of the day during IRL IndyCar Series practice Friday at Michigan International Speedway, as teams and drivers began ...

Kanaan, Team 7-Eleven, Top Michigan Practice Chart

BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 30, 2004) - Tony Kanaan recorded the fastest speed of the day during IRL IndyCar Series practice Friday at Michigan International Speedway, as teams and drivers began preparation for Sunday afternoon's running of the Michigan Indy 400.

Kanaan, turning laps amongst a pack of cars which at times ran three-wide through the 18-degree banked turns at Michigan International Speedway, piloted the #11 Team 7-Eleven Honda/Dallara/Firestone to the day's top speed of 214.797 miles per hour (33.5200 seconds), while logging a total of 67 laps during the two practice sessions.

Following Kanaan on the speed chart were Kosuke Matsuura with a speed of 214.414 miles per hour (33.5799 seconds), and Tomas Scheckter at 214.277 miles per hour (33.6013 seconds). Buddy Rice (214.276 miles per hour, 33.6015 seconds) and Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon (213.550 miles per hour, 33.7157 seconds) were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kanaan enters Sunday's event atop the IndyCar Series point standings, leading Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice by 64 points (325-264).

Practice for Sunday's race continues early Saturday morning, followed by qualifying at 11 a.m. (EDT).

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"There was a lot of drafting today. We were working on race setup a lot and I was able to put up a pretty good lap while running behind my teammates. I don't think that lap time says a lot because we were just working on our race setup. Because Michigan is a superspeedway, and we'll be running together in big packs, where you qualify doesn't really matter. That's why we've spent so much time on our race setup; it's important to have a good car on race day."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"Michigan is a long race. We've been working hard to prepare for this event, looking to optimize the Team 7-Eleven car for both qualifying and the race itself. Our speed indicates that we're up there, but drafting makes a huge difference in speed at this track and we used some drafts to get those speeds. We still have some work to do, but I'm confident we can put ourselves in a position to qualify well and have a good race car."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Kim Green , Kosuke Matsuura , Jim Beam