CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Mo Nunn Racing Saturday final qualifying

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola will start Sunday's Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland, Presented by U.S. Bank, on the outside of the third row after final qualifying this afternoon. Kanaan recorded a fast lap of 57.713 seconds (131.367 mph) around the 2.106-mile temporary road course at the Burke Lakefront Airport adjacent to downtown Cleveland. It was some three-tenths of a second better than the provisional qualifying time that put Kanaan second on the grid on Friday. But four cars snuck past him on the final grid behind polesitter Cristiano da Matta, dropping Kanaan back to sixth position.

Da Matta, who's going for a record fifth consecutive CART FedEx Championship Series victory here this weekend, held onto the pole position he earned on Friday with a lap of 57.040 seconds (132.917 mph) today. He'll be joined on the front row by Patrick Carpentier, who clocked a lap of 57.470 seconds (131.923 mph) to take the second spot on the grid. Dario Franchitti qualified third in 58.518 seconds (131.895 mph), followed by Christian Fittipaldi at 57.499 seconds (131.856 mph) and Michael Andretti at 57.645 seconds (131.522 mph.).

Race time Sunday is 1:30 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast set for CBS-TV.

TONY KANAAN QUOTES

"It was a mess again, traffic-wise. I got only one clean lap out of the 15 laps we get to run. But that's racing. I'm not going to blame anything on that because it's the same for everybody. The Pioneer-WorldCom Honda was better than it was yesterday, but the weather changed a little bit today and I'm not sure we had the best setup possible for the conditions. I agreed 100 percent with what we did. But it just turned out to not be the best thing to do. Again, I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but we are still very much in the process of learning about this (new Lola) car. That' s the price we pay for not being allowed to go testing. Look at Cristiano. He's been in his Lola for a season and a half, and had the benefit of an offseason's worth of testing. All of the other teams, particularly the ones that switched from Reynard to Lola in midseason like we did, are at a big disadvantage. But, again, we did what we had to do and we'll get it figured out sooner or later. We learn every weekend. We've made pretty good progress again this weekend. But those guys are just miles ahead of us right now. Hey, that's life, and that's racing, and we'll just keep fighting. Sixth place is not a bad place to start, especially on this track. I'm looking forward to a good day tomorrow, just like I do every race weekend. Hopefully it will be our day this time."

-Mo Nunn Racing-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Tony Kanaan , Cristiano da Matta , Mo Nunn