CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Mo Nunn Racing Friday qualifying report

Tony Kanaan ...

Tony Kanaan
#10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola

G.I. Joe's 200 - Friday, June 14, 2002 - Provisional Qualifying Notes/Quotes Portland (Ore.) International Raceway - 1.969-Mile Road Course Round 6 of 20 on the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series

Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola finished today's provisional qualifying session for Sunday's G.I. Joe's 200 with the 15th-fastest lap of the day. Kanaan toured the 1.969-mile Portland International Raceway road course in 60.062 seconds (118.018 mph), a half-second faster than his best lap in today's morning practice, which was the 11th-fastest lap of that session.

Cristiano da Matta won the provisional pole with a lap of 59.083 seconds (119.974 mph) this afternoon, followed by Kenny Brack at 59.168 (119.801 mph) and da Matta's teammate, Christian Fittipaldi, at 59.215 seconds (119.706 mph). All three are Toyota-powered Lolas. Dario Franchitti was the fastest Honda driver with the fourth-fastest lap of 59.403 seconds (119.327 mph).

Practice resumes Saturday at 10 a.m. local time (1 p.m. EDT) with final qualifying set for 1:45 p.m. local time (4:45 p.m. EDT). Speed Channel will carry the qualifying session live beginning at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Race time Sunday is 12:30 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for CBS-TV.


"This was probably the worst Friday we've had all year. We've been right up there at all the other tracks we've been to ... even last weekend at Laguna Seca when we ran our new Lola chassis for the first time on a road course. Obviously, our lack of testing and our lack of experience with the new Lola is showing here. But we're working very hard and we definitely made some gains between this morning and this afternoon. We're headed in a positive direction, lap-timewise. But, unfortunately, so is everybody else. On the plus side, we're ahead of where we were last year, which turned out to be one of our worst weekends of the year. We totally changed everything between this morning and this afternoon, so now we have to go to work and find some more things to help us gain speed."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Cristiano da Matta , Mo Nunn