CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan Milwaukee Saturday qualifying notes

Rain washed out practice and qualifying today for this weekend's Miller Lite 225 at The Milwaukee Mile. CART FedEx Championship Series official therefore have announced that the starting grid for Sunday's 225-lap main event will be set according...

Rain washed out practice and qualifying today for this weekend's Miller Lite 225 at The Milwaukee Mile. CART FedEx Championship Series official therefore have announced that the starting grid for Sunday's 225-lap main event will be set according to the current driver points standings. That puts Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard seventh on the grid, reflecting his current position in the standings. Kanaan was fourth fastest in the two-hour practice session here Friday, the only time competitors spent on the historic 1-mile oval so far this weekend. Kanaan's best lap Friday was 22.547 seconds (an average of 164.776 mph). Rain also washed out Friday morning's scheduled 1-hour, 45-minute opening practice session.

In previous years, whenever practice time did occur on a given weekend but qualifying was rained out or otherwise canceled, CART procedure involved gridding cars according to those practice times.

Kanaan's teammate Alex Zanardi and his #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard recorded the fifth-fastest lap of the day Friday at 22.647 seconds (164.048 mph). But his 15th position in the current driver points standings puts him inside the eighth row for Sunday's race start. Points leader Kenny Brack will start on the pole, alongside last week's Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. They'll be followed by Cristiano da Matta, Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Gil de Ferran and Kanaan.

Sunday's action begins with a 30-minute warm-up session at 11 a.m. local time (12 noon EDT), preceded on the air by the CART2DAY pre-race show at 11 a.m. EDT. The green flag falls Sunday at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EDT). The race will be broadcast live by ABC-TV.

TONY KANAAN

"Seventh is not a bad place to start, except for when you have at least the fourth-fastest car on the track. But rules are rules, and the weather is something we have absolutely no control over. We will do what we have to do. It's unfortunate for both Alex and I because he falls all the way back to 15th (after running fifth in practice Friday). Again, that's the way it is. Fortunately, we have Morris (Nunn) on our side. With nothing left to get ready for the race but a half-hour (warm-up) on Sunday morning, I think Morris gives us the ability to make the most of the situation. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate tomorrow so we can put on a good show for the fans."

-MNR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Cristiano da Matta , Mo Nunn