Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan looking ahead to bigger prize on Sunday at Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 25, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan will be the 12th car out to qualify tomorrow at Michigan International Speedway and is certainly hoping...
Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan looking ahead to bigger prize on Sunday at Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 25, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan will be the 12th car out to qualify tomorrow at Michigan International Speedway and is certainly hoping for a solid qualifying effort. But, the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar^Ù Series points leader has his eyes on the bigger picture that will unfold on Sunday during the Firestone Indy 400.
Kanaan spent Friday's two practice sessions behind the wheel of the #11 Team 7- Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone working exclusively on race setups instead of qualifying setups, knowing that starting position will have little effect on the outcome of Sunday's race. In all, Kanaan turned a total of 74 laps with a best speed of 221.028 miles per hour, ranking him 10th overall for the day.
Kanaan, who has never started outside the top 10 in IRL competition, takes a 14- point lead into Sunday's event -- the 10th of 16 on the 2003 schedule.
Practice for the Firestone Indy 400 resumes at 9 a.m. (EDT) Saturday with qualifying scheduled for 11 a.m. (EDT) on the two-mile Brooklyn, Michigan-based oval.
TONY KANAAN, #11 TEAM 7-ELEVEN DALLARA/HONDA/FIRESTONE:
"We're working on race setups, so it's hard to evaluate where we are right now. We're making some changes to see what we need for the race. I can't say that I'm happy or unhappy. We're just working on it right now. We just need to get it right for what we need on Sunday because qualifying doesn't really matter here. You can start out last here and be leading in three laps, so we're working full-time on race setup."
KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:
"It's a long race on Sunday -- 400 miles -- so it's critical to work on the balance of the car in traffic because that's where you'll spend most of your day. It's a very wide race track, so qualifying is of less importance. We'll spend at least the first part of tomorrow morning's session doing some qualifying runs and then if we're happy, we'll go back to running some race stuff, as well. I think we still have some work to do. It really seems very, very close out there."
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