CHAMPCAR/CART: Mercedes Gold Coast Friday report

Mercedes-Benz driver Tony Kanaan and his Hollywood-sponsored Mo Nunn Racing team earned the fifth position on the grid today during provisional qualifying for the Honda Indy 300 at the 2.795-mile, 14-turn Surfers Paradise street circuit in...

Mercedes-Benz driver Tony Kanaan and his Hollywood-sponsored Mo Nunn Racing team earned the fifth position on the grid today during provisional qualifying for the Honda Indy 300 at the 2.795-mile, 14-turn Surfers Paradise street circuit in Queensland, Australia. Gil de Ferran was quickest at 92.057 seconds (109.302 mph).

    "I had the perfect lap," said Kanaan, whose time was 93.165 seconds 
(108.002 mph).  "It was right at the edge.  It was a good effort by my guys.  
It was a good day for us.  It makes everybody happy.  It gives a pump to 
everybody on the team.  We're back."

Michel Jourdain Jr., who pilots the Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports/Mercedes-Benz, was 13th thanks to a 94.282-second lap (106.722 mph). "The car was pretty good," said Jourdain. "Traction was not too bad, and it is getting better. All the race cars that ran yesterday laid down some rubber for us. We've got some issues to work out, but we'll be better for tomorrow."

Nextel/PacWest Racing/Mercedes-Benz driver Mauricio Gugelmin was 16th today after a lap of 94.514 seconds (106.460 mph). "We had some problem with wheel spin today, and there are a lot of second-gear corners on this track," said Gugelmin. "We're working on making some changes, and it did get better from this morning. We're also working on solving a push. The car is not as good as the car I had last year here. This is a really great place, though. We enjoy it."

Gugelmin's PacWest teammate, Motorola/Mercedes-Benz driver Mark Blundell, was 21st with a lap of 95.399 seconds (105.473 mph). Luiz Garcia Jr. was 24th with a 98.689-second lap (101.957 mph).

Practice will resume tomorrow (Oct. 14) at 10 a.m. local time (8 p.m. EST, Oct. 13), and final qualifying will begin at 1:45 p.m. (11:45 p.m. EST, Oct. 13).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Tony Kanaan , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell , Michel Jourdain , Luiz Garcia Jr. , Mo Nunn