CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan Laguna Seca Friday practice notes

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard clocked the 11th-fastest time in practice this afternoon for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of Monterey. Kanaan made his way around the 2.238-mile Laguna Seca Raceway road course in 1 minute, 10.189 seconds (an average of 114.787 mph). His time was the 13th fastest of the day when combining today's morning and afternoon sessions.

Teammate Casey Mears and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard had the 19th-fastest time of the afternoon session and the 23rd-best combined time. Mears, the 23-year-old replacement for the injured Alex Zanardi, had a fast time this afternoon of 1:10.894 (113.646 mph). Defending race winner Helio Castroneves had the best lap of the day, by far, in this afternoon session at 1:08.838 (117.040 mph). His teammate, Gil de Ferran, was almost a half-second behind but second overall at 1:09.345 (116.184 mph), while Mauricio Gugelmin was third best on the day with his afternoon time of 1:09.514 (115.902 mph).

Practice resumes Saturday morning with qualifying set to begin at 1:45 p.m. local time (4:45 p.m. EDT). The CART qualifying show will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday. Race time Sunday at 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for ESPN.

"I hate to say we're struggling. The problem is a little bit of everything. I'm having a tough time putting a good car together because I'm having about four different problems. I'll fix one, but that will create another problem at another corner. We have a lot of work to do. The Penskes (Castroneves and de Ferran) are off in another universe right now. It will be tough to catch them. We've got our own problems to work out. There's nothing we can say other than we have to go to work even harder."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Casey Mears , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mo Nunn