Tony Kanaan and his ...
Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard recorded the seventh-fastest time of today's afternoon practice session for Sunday's Michigan 500. Kanaan's best lap was a 32.235-second effort (an average of 223.360 mph) around the 2-mile Michigan Speedway tri-oval. It was the ninth-fastest time from today's morning and afternoon practice times, combined.
Teammate Alex Zanardi, in the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard, wound up 20th on the timesheets this afternoon after a lap of 32.635 seconds (220.622 mph). Kenny Brack was fastest overall on the day at 31.809 seconds (226.351 mph), a time he recorded in today's morning session. Max Papis' afternoon time of 31.853 seconds (226.038 mph) was second-fastest overall, followed by Patrick Carpentier's morning time of 31.917 seconds (225.585 mph).
Practice resumes at 9 a.m. EDT Saturday with single-car qualifying set for noon. ESPN2's qualifying show will be shown on a tape-delayed basis at 4:30 p.m. EDT Saturday. Race time Sunday is 1:30 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV.
"It was a constructive day. We made a couple of changes as we went along but not too much. Me and (teammate) Alex (Zanardi) worked together to see what would work and what wouldn't. I didn't go out of my way to draft anybody because there's no point in that. Getting a fast time with a tow is not an indication of how good your car is going to be on Sunday. We didn't really try to go for a fast time today. We would like to have a good car for qualifying, but you don't necessarily have to start up front to have a chance at winning here. I proved that in 1999 when I started 12th and went a lap down and still won the race. The key is to have a consistent car in traffic, and you have to work hard to save your car and your engine until the end of the race. We still need to improve the car, to work on our front grip, and to get more and more downforce out of the car. A lot of guys were pretty trimmed out today. I came here not so concerned about everything. We seem to always have a good car on the ovals, lately. We have a good car now. We just have to make it even better."