Tony Kanaan and the ...
Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start Sunday's Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 from the inside of the 11th row after qualifying today on the 1.969-mile Portland International Raceway road course. Kanaan, running in the second qualifying group, recorded a fast lap of 58.697 seconds (an average of 120.763 mph), his fastest lap of the weekend by some seven-tenths of a second.
Teammate Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start from inside the 13th row after a disappointing run in the first qualifying group. His best time was 59.213 seconds (119.710 mph). Max Papis, who also qualified in the first group with Zanardi, pulled off the rare feat of earning the pole position from that group, made up of drivers in the bottom half of the season-long point standings. Papis' fast time was 57.785 seconds (120.763 mph), just 47 hundredths of a second behind the track record set by Helio Castroneves last year. Cristiano da Matta qualified second with a time of 57.866 seconds (122.497mph), while Castroneves was third in 57.944 seconds (122.332 mph).
Race time Sunday is 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for ESPN. The Sunday morning warm-up show, CART2DAY, will be carried by ESPN2 at 11 a.m. EDT.
"It's been a tough weekend for us, if you can imagine, for both me and for Alex. We obviously have something wrong and we just don't know what it is. But as a team, we have to keep our heads up and keep our spirits high because if you get down in this business, you have no chance. We're a bit confused right now, which shows that we are human. We have to put our heads down and go to work and find a solution to our problems. It's bad enough to see where my car is on the grid, but to see a guy named Zanardi starting last ... that's not right! Look at what Max (Papis) did today - when you have a good car, you're going to put up a good result. We have to make our cars better, or it's going to be a long day on Sunday."