IRL: Nashville: Andretti Green Racing Friday report

LEBANON, Tenn. (July 15, 2005) - Dan Wheldon, driver of the ...

LEBANON, Tenn. (July 15, 2005) - Dan Wheldon, driver of the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam car, will start fifth for Saturday's running of the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Friday's qualifying session was cancelled due to a rain out, so the field was set based on speeds during the two practice sessions on Friday. During the second session, Wheldon recorded a best-lap speed of 202.602 miles per hour (23.0995 seconds).

Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "From a race standpoint, I still think we're struggling a little bit with the setup. On a two-day weekend, it's difficult to perfect everything, so you've got to take what you've got. This is our highest starting position in a while, so the Klein Tools/Jim Beam boys are happy with that and I'm sure we'll be ready for the race."

Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, will start 16th for Saturday's running of the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Because the qualifying session was rained out, the field was set based on the two practice sessions on Friday. During the first session, Herta had a best-lap speed of 201.140 miles per hour (23.2674 seconds).

Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We're disappointed that we didn't get the chance to qualify. During the second session, I was happier with the car, but we weren't able to find any more speed. I think we're still missing speed and I don't know why. We've still got some work to do before tomorrow."

Tony Kanaan and the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone will start from the seventh position in Saturday night's running of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Rain washed out the scheduled qualifying session, resulting in the field being determined by speeds set during two earlier practice sessions. Kanaan recorded a best lap of 202.515 miles per hour (23.1094 seconds) during the second of those sessions.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's been an awkward weekend for Team 7-Eleven due to all the rain. We weren't expecting it to completely rain out qualifying and we spent an awful lot of time working on race setups, which has put us back in the grid a little. I can't tell if we have a good race car or not. It's very comfortable, but I think we need a little more speed to be more competitive. We'll see if we can get it right in our final practice session tomorrow."

Dario Franchitti will start fourth in the #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone at Saturday night's running of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Rain washed out the scheduled qualifying session and the field was determined by speeds set during two earlier practice sessions. Franchitti recorded a best lap of 202.892 miles per hour (23.0665 seconds) during the second of those sessions.

Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I'm disappointed to not have actually qualified because I think the ArcaEx car was fast enough for the pole. We're starting fourth; I think we have a good race car, but only time will tell. The track looks pretty difficult to race on, certainly side-by-side in the corners. It should be a very interesting race tomorrow night."

The ninth event of the 2005 IndyCar Series season is set to go green at 7:05 p.m. (EDT) Saturday with ESPN providing broadcast coverage of the 200-lap event beginning at 7 p.m. (EDT).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam