CHAMPCAR/CART: Honda Chicago qualifying

Chicago proved to be a Honda-powered kind of town today as Tony Kanaan led a 1-2-3 sweep of the field in single-car qualifying for tomorrow's Target Grand Prix of Chicago. It was the Brazilian's second CART pole, but his first since joining Mo...

Chicago proved to be a Honda-powered kind of town today as Tony Kanaan led a 1-2-3 sweep of the field in single-car qualifying for tomorrow's Target Grand Prix of Chicago. It was the Brazilian's second CART pole, but his first since joining Mo Nunn Racing and the first for the team since it was organized at the start of the 2000 season.

Just behind Kanaan, by the narrowest of margins in a field where just eight-tenths of a second separated first from last, was Helio Castroneves. Team owner-driver Adrian Fernandez then rounded out the top three for Honda.

Former champion Alex Zanardi rounded out the top five in his best qualifying run of the season to-date. Dario Franchitti led the Team Green effort with a 10th place run today, while Paul Tracy and Michael Andretti were hindered by handling problems. Tomorrow's 225-mile race is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. CDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

Tony Kanaan (#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda): Pole qualifier, 4th Honda pole of 2001: "It's a great feeling to have a good car and to be able to push as hard as you can. That was about as perfect a setup as you can have, and I left nothing on the table, I gave it my all. I want to thank my guys for giving me a great car. Between my side and Alex (Zanardi), we came up with an ideal combination and we're in good shape for tomorrow. It's a great day for Mo Nunn Racing, our first pole together and best qualifying effort as a team. The key here is to have a very balanced car, because the corners here are so tight, and that's exactly what we had today."

-HPD

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Mo Nunn