CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Tony Kanaan Friday qualifying report

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#10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard Grand Prix of Long Beach - Provisional Qualifying Notes/Quotes - Friday, April 12, 2002 The Streets of Long Beach, Calif. - 1.968-Mile Temporary Street Course Round 2 of 20 on the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series

Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard was the fastest Honda and the sixth-fastest overall in provisional qualifying today for Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach. Kanaan recorded a fast lap of 1 minute, 9.554 seconds (101.860 mph) around the 1.968-mile temporary street track overlooking Long Beach Harbor. It came on Kanaan's 12th of 15 qualifying laps turned today, the most allowed in the new CART qualifying format that went into effect this season.

Cristiano da Matta won the provisional pole in 1:09.092 (102.542 mph), followed by teammate Christian Fittipaldi at 1:09.220 (102.352 mph). Jimmy Vasser was third at 1:09.373 (102.126 mph), with his teammate Michel Jourdain fourth at 1:09.548 (101.869 mph). Bruno Junqueira was fifth at 1:09.549 (101.868 mph). All are Toyota-powered Lolas. Da Matta, winner of the last three events, earned a championship point for his performance today and is guaranteed a spot no worse than second on the grid.

Practice continues at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) Saturday with final qualifying set for 1:45 p.m. PDT (4:45 p.m. EDT). Saturday's fast qualifier also earns a championship point under the new CART rules. Saturday's qualifying session will be shown live on Speed Channel beginning at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Race time Sunday is 12:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. EDT) and it will air live on the FOX network.

TONY KANAAN QUOTES

"Wow. I've got to say that we left nothing on the table. I pulled out all the stops on my fast laps. So much that I almost hit the wall three different times. That was a whole lot better than this morning when were a second off the pace. It was a great job by Iain Watt, my engineer, to figure out our problems and give me a good car for qualifying. I don't know how much is left in this car, but there sure wasn't anything left in it today. I really have to thank Iain and my boys for this one. Now, it's time to go back to work and try to go faster tomorrow."

-mnr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Tony Kanaan , Cristiano da Matta , Mo Nunn