CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan Nazareth qualifying

Tony Kanaan and his ...

Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard qualified in 10th position for Sunday's Lehigh Valley Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway. Kanaan recorded a fast lap of 20.187 seconds (an average of 168.703 mph) during today's single-car qualifying session on the 1-mile Nazareth Speedway tri-oval. His qualifying time was some 1.3 seconds faster than his best practice laps of the day on Friday as the engineers and crew worked into the night getting the car ready for qualifying today. Kanaan's qualifying run was delayed 15 minutes as the car of Nicolas Minassian, who took to the track just before him, crashed hard in Turn 2 and spilled fluids onto the track.

Kanaan's teammate Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard posted the 21st-fastest qualifying lap of the day at 20.505 seconds (166.906 mph). Zanardi was the first car to qualify on a track that had been rained on since today's morning practice sessions. Rookie Bruno Junqueira won his first pole of the season with a lap of 19.700 seconds (172.873 mph), with Kenny Brack set to start on the front row alongside him after a qualifying lap of 19.738 seconds (172.540 mph). Michel Jourdain was third at 19.950 seconds (170.707 mph).

Race time Sunday is 1 p.m. EDT and it will be aired live by ABC-TV. Today's qualifying show will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 1 a.m. EDT Sunday. The CART2DAY warm-up show will air at 11 a.m. EDT on ESPN2.

TONY KANAAN
"I'm not going to say I had a car that would be on the pole, but I think I could have got much quicker had it not been for the oil dry on the track going into Turn 2. But I know I have a good race car. I really have to thank all the guys because we worked here till 10:30 last night trying to figure out how to get every little bit out of the car today. And we made some serious progress. I'm proud of the guys, and I'm especially proud to have a teammate like Alex. We worked our problems through together, and we really made a marked improved starting in practice this morning. Unfortunately, he had problems that kept him from running the whole practice session. But we'll be okay for the race. This is going to be a very tough track to pass on. All the lap times are so close. More so than anywhere else we race, good pit stops will make the difference tomorrow. And we'll have to stay on the lead lap and be there at the end."

-MNR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Nicolas Minassian , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Michel Jourdain , Mo Nunn