Tony Kanaan ...
#10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola
Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola will start Sunday's Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey from the outside of the second row after final qualifying today on the 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca hillside road course. Kanaan bettered his provisional qualifying time from Friday with a fast lap today of 1 minute, 10.043 seconds (115.026 mph), enabling him to hold onto the fourth spot on Sunday's starting grid. In Friday's provisional qualifying session, Kanaan also had the fourth-best lap with a time of 1:10.264 (114.665 mph). This is the first race weekend on a road course for the Pioneer-WorldCom Honda team's brand new Lola chassis. The team debuted the chassis last weekend at Milwaukee after campaigning Reynards for the first two-plus years of the its existence.
Cristiano da Matta stole the pole position away from provisional polesitter Kenny Brack today with a fast lap of 1:09.473 (115.970 mph). Brack bettered his fast time from Friday with a lap today of 1:09.575 (115.800 mph) but fell back to the second starting position, while his teammate Bruno Junqueira took third on the grid with a lap of 1:09.759 (115.495 mph).
Race time Sunday is 1:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for Speed Channel. Pre-race coverage on Speed Channel begins at 4 p.m. EDT. Sunday-morning warm-up is set for 9:30 a.m. local time (12:30 p.m. EDT).
TONY KANAAN QUOTES
"If somebody would have told me before we got here this weekend that we were going to start fourth, you would have seen me doing cartwheels. But after we got fourth in the first qualifying session on Friday, it's a little disappointing that we didn't move up in the order. I'm not complaining, because it's been great this weekend that we've been consistently fast since the very first laps of Friday-morning practice. My guys have all been working so hard and so closely together, and it's nice to see we're getting some good results. This is only our second day in this car ever on a road course. Last weekend was our first weekend with the car on a racetrack of any kind. After we went out of the race early at Milwaukee, we had a little meeting and told each other that we were going to work really hard and make something good happen at Laguna. Well, it's shaping up that way. I've definitely got a very competitive car, so I'm feeling good about our chances in the race on Sunday. Our first priority is to finish. Beyond that, it's up to a much higher authority!"