CHAMPCAR/CART: Lexington: Honda Saturday qualifying report

Kanaan still fifth quickest at Mid-Ohio. For the second consecutive day, Tony Kanaan led the Honda-powered field today in final qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. The Brazilian also ran fifth in yesterday's first qualifying round,...

Kanaan still fifth quickest at Mid-Ohio.

For the second consecutive day, Tony Kanaan led the Honda-powered field today in final qualifying for Sunday's Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. The Brazilian also ran fifth in yesterday's first qualifying round, but his chances for moving up the grid today were spoiled when the Mo Nunn Racing driver encountered a slower car while on his quickest lap.

Michael Andretti fell back one position today to eighth overall, while Paul Tracy improved significantly, jumping up to ninth today from 15th in first-round qualifying. Like Kanaan, Dario Franchitti, in the second Team KOOL Green entry, held the same qualifying position today - 11th - as on Friday, as did Shinji Nakano in 17th overall.

Max Papis, filling in this weekend for injured owner/driver Adrian Fernandez, moved up two positions and will start from 14th in the field. This will be the Italian veteran's first CART FedEx Championship Series race using Honda power. Tomorrow's 92-lap race will start at 12:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage on the CBS television network.

Tony Kanaan (#10 Pioneer/WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda) Fifth Fastest Qualifier: "I got a great start in the session. My first two out laps were very good and I would have done about a 1:06.3 lap (time) according to our telemetry, then I got caught behind somebody else who was on a "cool down lap" and it cost me some time. But I can't blame that guy, everybody is out there all at once and we're each trying to do the same thing. I think we have a good starting position for the race and we have a good car. All weekend we've been running up towards the front so I feel confident about tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Max Papis , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Shinji Nakano , Mo Nunn