CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan Cleveland Friday practice notes

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard recorded the 15th- and 16th-fastest times, respectively, in today's early and late practice sessions for Sunday's Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland. Kanaan opened the day with a fast lap of 59.966 seconds (an average of 126.432 mph) in today's opening session on the 2.106-mile Burke Lakefront Airport temporary road course layout. He was almost a full second faster in the second session at 59.154 seconds (128.167 mph) but dropped a spot in the order nonetheless.

Teammate Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard was 22nd and 24th in today's two sessions, respectively. His best time of 59.540 seconds (127.336 mph) came in the late session. Cristiano da Matta was fastest on the day at 57.905 seconds (130.932 mph), followed by Helio Castroneves at 57.961 seconds (130.805 mph) and Kenny Brack 58.304 seconds (130/086 mph). The leaders all recorded their times in the late session.

Practice resumes Saturday morning with qualifying set for 4:45 p.m. EDT. The CART qualifying show will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Race time Sunday is 1 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV.

TONY KANAAN

"Despite what you see on the timesheet, we have a top 10 car, for sure. I did a 58.7. I mean, I crossed the finish line and saw the time on my dashboard readout. But they threw the red flag and they didn't allow my time. It doesn't matter, anyway. There is a lot of traffic out there and we were getting caught up in it all the way around the track. It doesn't help being pitted so far back. We have to follow everybody out there every time we go green. There were a lot of red flags all day. I never got to run my second set of tires (in the late session), so who knows where we could be if we would have had more track time. Otherwise, the car is reasonable. No aerodynamic problems as far as we can tell. The car is definitely better than it was at Portland. We just have to go and work hard and keep making progress."

-MNR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Cristiano da Matta , Mo Nunn