Tony Kanaan ...
#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard Saturday, April 8, 2000 -- Qualifying Notes/Quotes Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix -- Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway Round 2 of 20 on the 2000 CART FedEx Championship Series
Tony Kanaan will start Sunday's Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix in eighth position -- his career best start at Nazareth Speedway -- after qualifying his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard under sunny but windy conditions. Kanaan toured the 1-mile tri-oval in 19.498 seconds (an average of 174.664 mph) despite being hampered by a shifter knob that broke off in the middle of his two-lap qualifying run. He qualified 16th and 20th here in his first two Champ Car seasons in 1998 and 1999, finishing 9th and 23rd in the race, respectively. Defending race winner and polesitter Juan Montoya will again start from the pole, having set the pace in qualifying today with a lap of 19.255 (176.868 mph).
Race time is 1 p.m. EDT, Sunday, with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV.
TONY KANAAN -- I'm excited because that's the fastest I've ever gone here. But I'm disappointed a little bit because we probably lost a tenth of a second because I had to deal with my broken shifter knob. Still, we're happy to be starting in the top 10, and we have a great car for the race. I have to hand it to the who Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing team. It's been a bit of a struggle here yesterday and this morning, but they gave me a good car today. If we can hang in there, be patient and get the car good in traffic, we'll be in position to make our move in the latter stages of the race.
MORRIS NUNN -- We're close. We can win from where we're starting. We don't want to get too greedy too quickly. But we're all here to win. I think it was a very reasonable qualifying effort considering we hadn't tested here and most of the other teams have. I know Tony is a very happy guy. He's never gone as fast here as he has the last two days. That takes a little getting used to, but he's progressing very quickly. I'll bet the 170 or so miles he's travelling at here feels like 250 at Michigan. We have a good setup for the race tomorrow. We hear the weather may be turning bad on us, but we'll hope for the best and deal with what Mother Nature gives us.