CHAMPCAR/CART: Mercedes surfers final qualifying

Tony Kanaan qualified his Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing/Mercedes-Benz seventh for the Honda Indy 300 at the 2.795-mile, 14-turn Surfers Paradise street circuit in Queensland, Australia, while Juan Montoya captured the pole position with a lap...

Tony Kanaan qualified his Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing/Mercedes-Benz seventh for the Honda Indy 300 at the 2.795-mile, 14-turn Surfers Paradise street circuit in Queensland, Australia, while Juan Montoya captured the pole position with a lap of 91.722 seconds (109.701 mph).

"The car was good. I just screwed up," said Kanaan, who turned a lap of 93.165 seconds (108.002 mph) during provisional qualifying yesterday, but was unable to improve today. "In Turn Three I just went in too deep. I was trying too hard. It is unfortunate, because in the last two races we have been very consistent. We could be in the top five again today. I was on the limit. That is the risk you take when you are pushing it that hard."

Michel Jourdain Jr. earned the 16th spot in the field with his Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports/Mercedes-Benz with a 94.282-second lap (106.722 mph).

Nextel/PacWest Racing/Mercedes-Benz driver Mauricio Gugelmin will start 18th after a lap of 94.514 seconds (106.460 mph). Motorola/PacWest Racing Mercedes-Benz driver Mark Blundell will start 22nd thanks to a lap of 95.399 seconds (105.473 mph). Luiz Garcia Jr. is 25th with a 98.689-second lap (101.957 mph).

The green flag will fly for the race tomorrow, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. local time (midnight EST, Oct. 14). The 65-lap, 182-mile race will be shown live on ESPN, and a replay can be seen on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. EST.

Final Qualifying, Honda Indy 300 Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia Oct. 14, 2000

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