CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana: Honda Friday report

Kanaan & Franchitti lead Hondas at Fontana. Posting near-record speeds in excess of 232 mph around the 2-mile California Speedway oval, Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti led the Honda-powered contingent today in practice for Sunday's California...

Kanaan & Franchitti lead Hondas at Fontana.

Posting near-record speeds in excess of 232 mph around the 2-mile California Speedway oval, Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti led the Honda-powered contingent today in practice for Sunday's California 500.

Kanaan led the morning practice session and ended the day third overall for Mo Nunn Racing, just over a tenth of a second off the quickest time, posted by Alex Tagliani. Team KOOL Green's Franchitti ran second quickest in the morning and fourth overall on the day, just two-hundredths of a second behind Kanaan.

Michael Andretti also posted a solid, top-ten effort today, while Paul Tracy was still working on a good race setup for his Honda-powered Champ Car and ended the day 11th. Max Papis, substituting for a recovering Adrian Fernandez, was 12th. Fernandez suffered compression fractures of two back vertebra in a crash at the start of last week's race in Surfer's Paradise, Australia. The owner/driver is hoping to be able to return to the cockpit in two week's time for the season-ending race in Mexico City.

Tony Kanaan (#10 Pioneer/Mo Nunn Racing Honda) Third fastest today: "It's a long, long race, so we're definitely not worrying about getting a qualifying lap or anything like that. It's all about Sunday and being able to go the distance and having a comfortable car that can make it to the front and stay there. We're definitely getting there. The car's not perfect, yet. We're fighting a little bit of understeer, but I think we are headed in the right direction and we should be able to sort it all out by showtime on Sunday. So far, so good."

-honda racing-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Mo Nunn