Tony Kanaan and the ...
Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard will start from the seventh spot on the grid in Sunday's Indy 300 after today's final qualifying session saw two competitors better his fifth-place provisional qualifying time set here Friday. Gusty conditions, sometimes heavy, prompted the team to wait some five minutes in the pits before joining the 30-minute final qualifying session. Once on track, Kanaan could not better the time of 1 minute, 33.165 seconds (an average of 108.002 mph) he set Friday over the 2.795-mile beachside street course. On what might have amounted to a better lap today, Kanaan slid into the Turn 3 runoff, but resumed. Juan Montoya grabbed the pole today from Gil de Ferran with a time of 1:31.722 (109.701 mph). Meanwhile de Ferran, who's looking to clinch the series points championship here this weekend, did not improve on the 1:31.827 (109.576 mph) standard he set on Friday but held onto the No. 2 spot on the starting grid. Teammates Dario Franchitti (1:32.059/109.299 mph) and Paul Tracy (1:32.328/108.981 mph) moved up into the Nos. 3 and 4 spots, respectively, while Jimmy Vasser (1:33.052/108.133 mph) and Michael Andretti (1:33.123/108.051 mph) fell back to fifth and sixth, respectively.
Race time Sunday is 2 p.m. local time (midnight EDT Saturday night) with a live broadcast set for ESPN.
"The car was great, but I just went in too deep at Turn 3 on my best lap and missed my braking point. It was my fault. I screwed up. But I'm very optimistic about the race. The last two races (at St. Louis and Houston) the car was very consistent. It's a shame about today, though, because I thought for sure I had a top-five car. I guess I have to work on my qualifying runs, on being more precise. But that's the way it goes when you're on the limit every single lap. Hey, right now all that matters is that I have a good race car. Just like on all street courses, we'll just have to stay out of trouble and hope to be running strong at the end."