IRL: Phoenix: Andretti, Kanaan Friday report

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan and Andretti 4th and 6th quickest at Phoenix practice. PHOENIX, Arizona (March 21, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven drivers Tony Kanaan and Michael Andretti marked the fourth and sixth quickest times during today's opening...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan and Andretti 4th and 6th quickest at Phoenix practice.

PHOENIX, Arizona (March 21, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven drivers Tony Kanaan and Michael Andretti marked the fourth and sixth quickest times during today's opening practice session for Sunday's Round 2 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series contest in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 29-year old Kanaan who pilots the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, spent the day evaluating race day setups and posted a fast lap of 175.627 mph (20.4980 seconds) around the one mile Phoenix International Raceway. While the Brazilian completed 88 laps, his teammate at Team 7-Eleven and Andretti Green Racing co-owner, Michael Andretti completed 105 laps and posted a fastest of 174.667 mph (20.6106 seconds).

Kenny Brack was the quickest of the day after marking a best lap of 177.200 mph (20.3160 seconds) in the morning practice session. Scott Dixon was second with a fast lap of 176.074 mph (20.4459 seconds), while Kanaan and Andretti's technical partner Dario Franchitti, driving the #27 Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola entry, was third fastest with a best lap of 175.729 mph (20.4861 seconds).

The Purex/Dial 200 continues on Saturday with morning practice at 9:00 a.m. MT followed by qualifying at 12:00 p.m. The race gets underway at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday and will be broadcast live on ABC.

Michael Andretti , Team 7-Eleven
"I think we had a pretty good day overall. Seeing Tony in the top three this morning and Dario the quickest this afternoon, is just great. We did a lot of work on our race setups today, and I'm pleased with the results. We'll go back out there tomorrow and try to put Team 7-Eleven on the front row in qualifying again."

Tony Cotman -- Team 7-Eleven Team Manager
"We spent our day working on race setup. It was a pretty relaxed day actually; everything went very smoothly and according to plan. I think we're in a pretty good position but we need to do a little more work on things before we're really happy. All in all it was a pretty good day for Team 7-Eleven."

Tony Kanaan , Team 7-Eleven
"We were working on our race set up all day. We're still working on it because the car's not perfect yet, but I think we made a pretty good run in the last half hour. We've got to concentrate on our qualifying setup tomorrow but I think the work that we did today was valuable for both Team 7-Eleven and Andretti Green Racing overall."

Kim Green , President -- Andretti Green Racing
"For our first day back at Phoenix since Test in the West in early February, everything went according to plan. All three of our drivers and their engineers worked closely together throughout the day to find the best setups for both tomorrow's qualifying and Sunday's race. We still have a bit of work to do at Team 7-Eleven and during tomorrow morning's practice session we'll concentrate on getting our race cars in good shape for qualifying. Overall I'm very pleased, everyone is working very hard to achieve our goals."

- AGR -

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