CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan Toronto Saturday qualifying notes

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto from the fourth position after capping a solid two days of practice and qualifying today. Kanaan recorded a fast qualifying lap of 57.923 seconds (an average of 109.076 mph) around the 1.721-mile temporary road course at Exhibition Place to take the outside-second-row starting position. It was the fastest lap in today's first group of qualifiers, made up primarily of drivers from the lower half of the driver points standings entering the weekend. The top group time today earned Kanaan a spot in the "fast group" qualifying session for the next road course event at Mid-Ohio next month.

Teammate Alex Zanardi, in the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard, also qualifying in the first group, turned in a fast lap of 58.945 seconds (107.185 mph) to take the outside-12th-row starting position. Defending series champion Gil de Ferran grabbed the pole today with a fast qualifying lap of 57.703 seconds (109.492 mph) with his teammate, Helio Castroneves, grabbing the outside-front-row starting spot at 57.767 seconds (109.370 mph). Kenny Brack was third at 57.886 seconds (109.146 mph).

Race time Sunday is 1p.m. EDT with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV. Sunday morning's 30-minute warm-up session begins at 9 a.m. The CART2DAY warm-up show will be broadcast at 11 a.m. EDT Sunday.

TONY KANAAN

"I am so happy for my guys. We've had a very strong weekend so far, and they deserve it. After three bad race weekends in a row, we were about as low as you can go. But nobody gave up. We all stuck together, and I think it made us work harder, and it made us stronger. As you can see, I have had a really good car all weekend. We had a problem this morning in practice with the primary car, and it turns out the back-up car was six-tenths quicker. We only got our 20 minutes of guaranteed green time in the qualifying session, which probably cost us an even better time. I know that I could have gone faster if I would have gotten in one more run. We didn't get to make the kind of changes we usually have time to make during qualifying. But, hey, look at where we are compared to where we've been the last few races. This is a big boost for the team. This is a big boost for me. Now we just have to put it all together tomorrow to make the weekend complete. We're back!"

-MNR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Mo Nunn