CHAMPCAR/CART: Motegi: Mo Nunn Racing Thursday practice report

Tony Kanaan ...

Tony Kanaan

#10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard Bridgestone Potenza 500 - Practice Notes/Quotes - Thursday, April 25, 2002 Twin Ring Motegi - Motegi-machi, Haga-gun, Japan - 1.5-Mile Oval Round 3 of 20 on the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series

Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard clocked the fifth-fastest practice time of the day today in preparation for Saturday's Bridgestone Potenza 500. His best lap came in today's afternoon session, a 26.117-second (213.378-mph) effort around the Twin Ring Motegi 1.5-mile oval. Kanaan, who recorded Mo Nunn Racing's first-ever podium finish here last year, had the fourth-best practice time in this morning's opening session at 26.346 seconds (211.524 mph).

All of the fastest cars today recorded their best times in the afternoon session, led by Bruno Junqueira at 25.983 seconds (214.479 mph). Patrick Carpentier was second at 26.015 seconds (214.215 mph), followed by Dario Franchitti at 26.020 seconds (214.174 mph), Cristiano da Matta at 26.082 seconds (213.665 mph), and Kanaan.

Practice resumes Friday at 9:30 a.m. local time (8:30 p.m. EDT Thursday) with qualifying set for 1:45 p.m. local time (12:45 a.m. EDT) Friday. Speed Channel will show a tape-delayed, two-hour CART qualifying show at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, and its "CART Friday Night" show at 10:30 p.m. EDT Friday.

Race time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. local time (11:30 p.m. EDT Friday). Speed Channel's tape-delayed race broadcast is at 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, preceded immediately by a 30-minute pre-race show at noon.

Live timing and scoring is available for all sessions, as well as a live audio feed for Saturday's qualifying session and Sunday's race, at www.cart.com.

TONY KANAAN

"We were running fast all day until the final five minutes of the afternoon session. So, overall, we've got to be happy with where we are. But, for some reason, when we changed tires at the end of the afternoon session like everybody else did, the car got a little bit out of balance and we dropped a little bit in the order. My car actually picked up just enough of a push in Turn 2, so that's something we will have to fix for qualifying. At least we know the problem and we know how to fix it, and I'm very confident we have a good, comfortable race car that I seem to be able to drive anywhere on the track. I ran 70 laps on the same set of tires from this morning well into the afternoon and the car felt great the whole time. We just need to fix what happened there at the end of the day."

-mnr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Tony Kanaan , Cristiano da Matta , Mo Nunn