Tony Kanaan and his ...
Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard wrapped up opening-day practice for Sunday's Motorola 300 with the third-fastest time in the afternoon practice session and the fourth fastest time of the day. Kanaan recorded a lap of 25.995 seconds (an average of 175.880 mph) over the 1.27-mile Gateway International Raceway oval this afternoon. He was bested in the afternoon session only by Juan Montoya's 25.869 (176.737 mph) and Helio Castroneves' 25.965 (176.083 mph). Max Papis had the fastest time of the day this morning at 25.859 (176.805 mph). Practice resumes Saturday morning with qualifying set to begin at 1:30 p.m. CDT. Race time Sunday is also 1:30 p.m. CDT.
"It's really nice to be in the ballpark with your setup from the moment you roll the car off the truck. That way you're spending the day doing the things you want to be doing, which is fine-tuning the car. I have a very reasonable car, so far. And this track is not an easy one to set up for. It has two distinct sets of corners, so you constantly have to take from one set of corners to gain ground over on the other side of the track. Fortunately, we have a guy like Morris Nunn on our side. He's had a history of running up front here. And we've definitely shown that the small ovals are one of our strong suits this year. We'll come back tomorrow and keep moving forward. We're definitely headed in the right direction. We really need to have a good showing this weekend. We're long overdue!" k