IRL: Richmond: AGR/Kanaan Friday report

Kanaan puts Team 7-Eleven machine fifth on Richmond grid RICHMOND, Va., (June 27, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan extended his string of top-five qualifying efforts to seven Friday night at Richmond International Raceway as he grabbed...

Kanaan puts Team 7-Eleven machine fifth on Richmond grid

RICHMOND, Va., (June 27, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan extended his string of top-five qualifying efforts to seven Friday night at Richmond International Raceway as he grabbed the fifth starting position for tomorrow night's running of the SunTrust Indy Challenge.

Kanaan, who enters the race as the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar^Ù Series points leader, posted the fifth fastest time over the course of two practice sessions during the day and then backed up his effort in qualifying. Kanaan circled the three-quarter mile Richmond tri-oval at a speed of 166.137 miles per hour (16.2516 seconds).

Pikes Peak winner Scott Dixon won the pole with a speed of 168.138 miles per hour (16.0582 seconds), followed by Sarah Fisher at 167.004 (16.1673) and Tora Takagi at 166.724 (16.1944). The top three drivers all made their qualifying runs after a cold front moved through the area, bringing with it a brief rain shower and cooler temperatures.

Saturday's race -- the seventh of 16 on the 2003 schedule -- is slated to begin at 8 p.m. (EDT) and will be televised live on ESPN.

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

"Our run was pretty good. I got sideways at the end, but I don't think I had any more than what we showed. That's the way it is. We've been pretty strong everywhere we've been this year, so we'll just worry about the race car now."

WAS YOUR FIRST QUALIFYING RUN AT RICHMOND SCARY ENOUGH OR WOULD YOU LIKE ANOTHER SHOT?

"Not really. God gives you only one chance and I took that one already."

KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"As competitive as we are we're never satisfied unless we're on pole or in the front row. But, Tony had a pretty wild ride on his second lap and still managed to pull off a very, very fast time. After it rained the conditions cooled down and the racetrack got better, so I was not surprised to see us slide down a few positions. But, that's the nature of racing. Sometimes the weather is an advantage to you and sometimes it's a disadvantage."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi