CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Bridgestone Saturday report

Kanaan wins pole position at Miami while sitting still. Tony Kanaan didn't turn a wheel in today's final qualifying session, yet still walked away with the top starting spot for Sunday's race. Kanaan, driving the Pioneer/ WorldCom Honda/Lola on...

Kanaan wins pole position at Miami while sitting still.

Tony Kanaan didn't turn a wheel in today's final qualifying session, yet still walked away with the top starting spot for Sunday's race. Kanaan, driving the Pioneer/ WorldCom Honda/Lola on Bridgestone tires, set the fastest time in Friday's provisional session.

With intermittent showers throughout the morning soaking the track today, Kanaan and team owner Morris Nunn knew times would not be quicker and decided not to risk a crash on the slick circuit. Scott Dixon (Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone), second in provisional qualifying, was fastest in today's session to earn a championship point and lock up the outside front row starting position.

"I don't feel bad that it rained," Kanaan said, "but whatever would have happened, I knew I had a good car. It's great to be on the pole in my hometown, so let's see what we can do tomorrow. The Bridgestone tires have been great always. It's tough for the Bridgestone engineers (this weekend) because they had to guess which kind of asphalt we're going to have, but they came with a compound that's really working well for us. The tires are lasting very long as usual, so that's why we are very competitive."

All 18 cars in the Miami starting grid are equipped with Bridgestone Potenza racing radials. Bridgestone, the Official Tire of CART, joined the FedEx Championship Series this season.

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We certainly had a taste of the unpredictable Miami weather today. From circuit-soaking showers one minute to bright sunshine the next, teams encountered it all. The weather changes didn't bother us, however, because it provided teams the opportunity to try out the Bridgestone wet- and dry-condition tires so that they're better prepared for Sunday's race. The teams are coping as best as possible with the different surfaces around the track and the Potenza race tires are holding up well. We're looking forward to an exciting race in CART's return to the streets of Miami."

Qualifying temperatures ranged from 87 to 105 degrees track and from 82 to 85 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying temperatures ranged from 31 to 41 degrees track and from 28 to 29 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Morris Nunn