Tony Kanaan and the ...
Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola are fifth on the provisional qualifying grid for Sunday's CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Kanaan turned a fast lap of 1 minute, 7.515 seconds (120.400 mph) over the 2.258-mile Mid Ohio Sports Car Course permanent circuit. Later, Kanaan actually was on a lap projected to be some three-tenths of a second quicker, but the 1-hour session was red-flagged a minute early after the car of Tora Takagi spun off the track and was stranded in a gravel trap. Kanaan had spun off in the same area moments before Takagi but was able to resume.
Patrick Carpentier is on the provisional pole for Sunday's event after a fast lap today of 1:07.040 (121.253 mph). Cristiano da Matta was second in 1:07.095 (121.154 mph), followed by his teammate Christian Fittipaldi at 1:07.436 (120.541 mph). Carpentier's teammate, Alex Tagliani, was fourth in 1:07.440 (120.534 mph).
Practice resumes at 10 a.m. EDT Saturday with final qualifying set to begin at 1:45 p.m. EDT. Speed Channel will carry the qualifying session live during a 90-minute show scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EDT. Race time on Sunday is 12:30 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast on CBS.
"The Pioneer-WorldCom car was really good. Better than the time we ended up with. So that's very encouraging. I was on a much better lap that probably would have put us at least third on the grid, but the red flag came out. That's how it goes. It's only Friday. We'll go better tomorrow and hopefully move up to the front of the grid. I had a moment there at the end of the session. Somebody two cars ahead of me smoked his tires and I made a tiny little move to avoid any possible trouble and ended up going off the track. Fortunately, I didn't hit anything and kept the Honda running and was able to keep going. I kept saying 'I'm not going to lose my fast lap for anything.' Unfortunately, (Tora) Takagi went off right behind me and he couldn't get going again. No problem. We're feeling confident. I'm feeling much better in the car than I felt here last year."