CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Honda Racing Saturday report

Kanaan claims Miami pole. A wet final qualifying session insured Tony Kanaan's third career CART FedEx Championship Series pole today, with the Honda-powered Mo Nunn Racing driver leading the field to the green flag tomorrow at the Grand ...

Kanaan claims Miami pole.

A wet final qualifying session insured Tony Kanaan's third career CART FedEx Championship Series pole today, with the Honda-powered Mo Nunn Racing driver leading the field to the green flag tomorrow at the Grand Prix Americas in Miami, Florida.

Although New Zealand driver Scott Dixon maintained his front row starting position by virtue of setting the fastest lap in today's qualifying, on a damp track, it was still some eight seconds slower than Kanaan's eventual pole time, set on Friday during first-round qualifying.

All other Honda-powered drivers also ended up using their Friday times to set the final starting grid, with both Dario Franchitti (currently third in championship points) and Adrian Fernandez starting in the top ten. Race time for Sunday's inaugural Grand Prix Americas is 1 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast on the CBS television network.

Tony Kanaan (#10 Pioneer/Mo Nunn Racing Honda) Pole Qualifier: "For me, I can't complain. It was an easy day for me. I did five laps this morning in the practice session (preparing) tires for the race. We didn't go out at all in the afternoon, but it was a smart move. I knew that unless Scott Dixon could beat my time from yesterday on his rain tires, then I was in great shape to win the pole. If he could beat my time on rain tires, then I would have just packed it up for the weekend and gone home! I got in the car at the end of the session and, actually, was having a fun time joking on the radio with my guys. My rain dance to the Brazilian patron saint of rain (St. Claire) really worked today. It's my hometown, so I can control the weather a little, and it's going to be dry tomorrow! We have a huge advantage starting up front, but it will be a good battle with these guys up front and the guys in the back using a different (pit) strategy. And you might see quite a few yellows, so it could turn out to be one of those action-packed races. We just need to stay out of trouble and hope for the best."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Mo Nunn