Tony Kanaan and the ...
Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard wrapped up today’s first round of qualifying eighth on the provisional starting grid for Sunday’s Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston. Kanaan toured the 1.527-mile temporary downtown street circuit in 1 minute, 0.163 seconds (an average of 91.539 mph) during the incident-marred 30-minute session. During his fast lap, Kanaan had to take evasive action to avoid an accident involving provisional polesitter Dario Franchitti that occurred directly in front of him. Franchitti’s fast time of 59.434 seconds (92.493 mph) set the pace in first-day qualifying. Kanaan’s No. 8 position on the provisional starting grid is his best on a road course to date this year. His previous best was 12th at Laguna Seca three weeks ago.
Practice resumes Saturday morning with final qualifying set for 1:45 p.m. CDT. Race time Sunday is 3 p.m. CDT with a live broadcast provided by ABC-TV.
“Today was a very good day, but like my team manager Brad Filbey says, I’m greedy and I want more! That was really fun. The track was bumpy, as all street tracks are. And it was very slippery, especially in the early going. But we made adjustments along the way today. Actually, we discovered a fix for a fuel (management) issue we’ve been working on all year long during an hour-long meeting after this morning’s practice session, and I think we’re finally making progress. We decided to go in a totally opposite direction and it showed in the qualifying session. I can’t say enough about the guys and the hard work they’ve been doing to put us where we are on the grid so far. Mercedes-Benz, too, has been working harder than they have all year. You’d think since they’re leaving that that wouldn’t be the case. But, really, we’re determined to finish the season on a high note. Today was fun, but tomorrow’s another day, and I hope we can keep ourselves headed in the right direction.”