IRL: Pikes Peak: AGR/Kanaan Saturday report

Team 7-Eleven'S Kanaan to roll from the pole after rain scrubs qualifying at Pikes Peak FOUNTAIN, Colo. (June 14, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan got his first look at Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) on Saturday morning, but...

Team 7-Eleven'S Kanaan to roll from the pole after rain scrubs qualifying at Pikes Peak

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (June 14, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan got his first look at Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) on Saturday morning, but came up to speed quickly and will make his first start there from the pole position in Sunday's running of the Honda Indy 225 after heavy thunderstorms scrubbed a late-afternoon qualifying session.

Kanaan, who enters Sunday's race with a 26-point lead in the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar^Ù Series championship, was placed first on the grid by way of series procedures that determines the starting lineup based on practice speeds. Kanaan, who wheels the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, turned the fastest speed of the event during the second practice today -- a lap of 180.232 miles per hour (19.9743 seconds).

Sunday will mark Kanaan's third start from the pole in six races this season. Helio Castroneves will start second based on his top practice lap of 179.800 miles per hour (20.0222 seconds).

TONY KANAAN, #11 TEAM 7-ELEVEN DALLARA/HONDA/FIRESTONE:

"It's a shame that we didn't get to qualify, honestly, because I think we did have a good car and I would like to start from the pole in the proper way. But, it's still great. It still feels good, but I would like to have qualified. Tomorrow will be a long day. Hopefully, we'll finish in the same position. I'm very confident. I think we have a good car. The most important thing is to keep it consistent. That is what we've done for five races this year and we've been successful, so I am going to try to do the same thing tomorrow."

KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"I think tomorrow will be like any race on a short oval. You need to have a good car that you can work in traffic. On top of that it will be pit stops, strategy and track position. Even though we're going to start on the pole, I think all of our drivers would like to have had a chance in qualifying because our cars were good. I know Tony would like to be on pole position on merit, rather than on practice times. It's not going to be easy tomorrow. A lot of it will be how your car performs on long runs and how you handle traffic."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan