CHAMPCAR/CART: Lexington: Honda Friday qualifying report

Kanaan fifth quickest at Mid-Ohio. Tony Kanaan led the Honda-powered contingent today in first round qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, the first of four consecutive race weekends for the CART FedEx Championship Series. The ...

Kanaan fifth quickest at Mid-Ohio.

Tony Kanaan led the Honda-powered contingent today in first round qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, the first of four consecutive race weekends for the CART FedEx Championship Series.

The Brazilian ran fifth today for Mo Nunn Racing, and believed he would have run quicker still but for running off course to avoid a spinning competitor in the closing minutes of qualifying. Team Motorola's Michael Andretti ended the day just two-tenths of a second slower, in seventh, and also felt he could have finished the day higher up the order except for the frenetic traffic conditions in the closing minutes of qualifying.

Paul Tracy ended the day 15th after mechanical problems aboard his Team KOOL Green Honda, four places behind teammate Dario Franchitti. Max Papis made his Honda-powered Champ Car debut, replacing the injured Adrian Fernandez for this event, and ran 16th, one place ahead of teammate Shinji Nakano. Fernandez suffered extensive hip bruising and contusions in a crash two weeks ago at the Molson Indy Vancouver, and continues rehabilitation in an effort to be ready to race next weekend at Road America in Wisconsin.

Tony Kanaan (#10 Pioneer/WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda) Fifth Fastest Qualifier: "The car is there - it's better than the time we put in, that's for sure, but every time I had a good run going something would happen in front of me. At the end of the session somebody, I don't remember who it was, got sideways in front of me and I had had to go off-course. I went all the way through the gravel trap, in the grass and almost hit the tires, but I had to keep it going because I didn't want to cause a red flag and loose my fast time. When the red flag came out and ended the session I was on a good lap that probably would have put me at least third on the grid."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Mo Nunn