CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan leads in Lausitz practice

On the German Lausitzring oval, Skip Barber trained Tony Kanaan ran a 0:34.624 sec. lap (good for 210.340 mph) on a day when no one else was able to get in the 34 sec. bracket. After earlier practice sessions were delayed due to heavy rains,...

On the German Lausitzring oval, Skip Barber trained Tony Kanaan ran a 0:34.624 sec. lap (good for 210.340 mph) on a day when no one else was able to get in the 34 sec. bracket. After earlier practice sessions were delayed due to heavy rains, Kanann was the first Champ Car to officially hit 200 mph on the two-mile oval, hitting the milestone 30 minutes into the practice.

Also quick was 1993 Barber Pro Series Champion Kenny Brack, who tripped the fourth fastest time of 0:35.322 sec. (206.183 mph) in a trouble-free day of preparation for Saturday's German 500. Fellow Skip Barber trained Michael Andretti arrived in Germany early Friday morning, after getting clearance to fly out of the United States and making it to the track for the session.

Former Barber Dodge Pro Series racer Townsend Bell, about to debut at the Champ Car level with Patrick Racing, was respectably fleet, turning in a best lap of 0:36.121 sec. (201.622 mph), less than 2 sec. off Kanaan's blistering pace. Bell, who ran successful tests for Patrick at Mid-Ohio and Chicago Motor Speedway, will drive the #19 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard. He will join current Patrick Racing drivers Roberto Moreno and Jimmy Vasser in the three-car line up.

Bell leads the Dayton Indy Lights Championship Series standings by 22 points, 131-109, with three races remaining. The Californian has four wins and five poles in nine Lights races this year. In 2000, he notched two victories en route to Rookie of the Year honors.

-Barber

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Moreno , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Townsend Bell , Skip Barber