IRL: Nazareth: Honda Friday report

Kanaan runs fifth quick in Nazareth practice. Indy Racing League championship points leader Tony Kanaan posted the fifth-fastest speed at Nazareth Speedway Friday as a pair of practice sessions began preparations for Sunday's Firestone Indy 225.

Kanaan runs fifth quick in Nazareth practice.

Indy Racing League championship points leader Tony Kanaan posted the fifth-fastest speed at Nazareth Speedway Friday as a pair of practice sessions began preparations for Sunday's Firestone Indy 225. Kanaan's fastest lap of 20.190 seconds around the tight Nazareth oval was just three-tenths of a second off that of pace-setter Tomas Scheckter as Kanaan and his Andretti Green Racing team focused on race preparation. Already a race winner this year at Phoenix, Kanaan currently leads the IRL IndyCar Series standings by an eight-point margin over Helio Castroneves.

Three other Honda drivers ended the day grouped together, led by another of this year's race winners, Bryan Herta, in seventh. The Kansas Speedway victor was just ahead of rookie points leader Roger Yasukawa, with Team Rahal's Kenny Brack rounding out the trio in ninth.

Despite losing track time to mechanical problems, Greg Ray still managed to post the 12th fastest time for Access Motorsports, with Dan Wheldon running 14th in the third Andretti Green Racing entry.

Activities continue Saturday at Nazareth Speedway with additional practice sessions and single-car qualifying to set the field for Sunday's 225-lap race, which will be televised live on ESPN.

Tony Kanaan (#11 7-Eleven/Andretti Green Racing Honda) Fifth fastest today: "We need to have a very consistent car all the way around the race track, and we're not quite there yet. We're trying some different things, but we haven't found everything we need just yet. We worked all day today on race setup, and we will continue with it tomorrow, because [the race] on Sunday is when the car really needs to be at its best."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Greg Ray , Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa