CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Honda Saturday qualifying report

Franchitti to start second in Montreal. One of three drivers to battle for the pole in the final moments of qualifying today, Honda-powered Dario Franchitti will start second in tomorrow's inaugural Molson Indy Montreal, finishing the exciting...

Franchitti to start second in Montreal.

One of three drivers to battle for the pole in the final moments of qualifying today, Honda-powered Dario Franchitti will start second in tomorrow's inaugural Molson Indy Montreal, finishing the exciting 35-minute session just four-tenths of a second behind pole qualifier Cristiano da Matta. It is the best qualifying performance for the Team KOOL Green driver since taking the pole at the Chicago Motor Speedway in June.

Fernandez Racing's Shinji Nakano, who led the Honda field yesterday in seventh, fell back two positions and will start tomorrow's 80-lap FedEx Championship Series race from the inside of the fifth row. Paul Tracy will start alongside Nakano, an improvement of six positions from first-round qualifying, but with the Canadian complaining of braking difficulties aboard his Honda-Lola.

Tony Kanaan remained 13th for Mo Nunn Racing, while Adrian Fernandez slipped one position and will start 16th. Michael Andretti had his efforts hampered by transmission problems aboard his Team Motorola entry, and a last minute change to his backup car left him 18th today. More than 60,000 fans turned out for today's activities, and more than 75,000 are expected for tomorrow's race, starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT with live television coverage on Speed Channel.

Dario Franchitti (#27 Team KOOL Green Honda) Qualified 2nd: "After a tough start to the weekend it was nice to have a good end to qualifying. We made obvious gains between yesterday and today but we still have a lot of work to do before the race. After some problems this morning in practice, which set us back, I was able to put together some good laps to get on the front row. I was able to experiment a bit today and see where I could gain some ground. The long red during qualifying I think may have helped me a bit. The down time gave me an opportunity to sort of plan out a lap once we went green again. The only thing I was concerned about was traffic. I knew that everyone was going to be out right away so it was going to be hard to get a clear track. The track is really nice. It's very impressive to see the stands full for qualifying. The fans here have a lot of passion for CART which is great to see."

-honda-

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