CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Honda Racing Friday qualifying report

Kanaan first at "home" Racing for the first time in his adopted home town of Miami, Florida, Honda-powered Tony Kanaan grabbed the provisional pole for Sunday's Grand Prix Americas. As a result, the Mo Nunn Racing driver is assured of at least...

Kanaan first at "home"

Racing for the first time in his adopted home town of Miami, Florida, Honda-powered Tony Kanaan grabbed the provisional pole for Sunday's Grand Prix Americas. As a result, the Mo Nunn Racing driver is assured of at least a front row start for this inaugural CART street race.

Should Kanaan hang onto the pole through Saturday's qualifying, it would be the third of his CART FedEx Championship Series career and second ever on a road course, all with Honda power. He was on the pole for the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1999, as well as on the 1-mile oval at Chicago last season.

Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti and Adrian Fernandez also posted top-ten efforts today, despite a crash by Fernandez late in the session. Teammate Shinji Nakano missed a top-ten time by must five-hundredths of a second. Michael Andretti, however, was forced into his backup car by mechanical problems with his primary machine, while Paul Tracy had an early spin and was unable to better his time, leaving him 16th on the day.

Practice and qualifying will continue tomorrow, with final qualifying set for 1:15 p.m. EDT and live television coverage on Speed Channel at 1 p.m. EDT. Race time Sunday is 1 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast on the CBS television network.

Tony Kanaan (#10 Pioneer/Mo Nunn Racing Honda) Provisional Pole Qualifier: "I can't say how good it feels to be on the provisional pole in my own hometown. It's great to be sleeping in my own bed during a race weekend to begin with, so having a good weekend on the race track tastes so much sweeter. The car was just great from the very start of practice this morning. Our best lap in the morning session was actually one second faster than our official lap because the red flag came out for a crash. I ended up with a 62.4 and my engineer Iain was telling me I was headed for a 61.4 when the red flag came out. So all I said was that we had to go out and do it again, and we did two-tenths better. I hope we can go out and do better again tomorrow!"

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Shinji Nakano , Mo Nunn