CHAMPCAR/CART: Texas #55 Kanaan Friday practice notes and quotes

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard recorded the second-fastest lap of the day in practice for Sunday's Firestone Firehawk 600, Presented by Pioneer. Kanaan began the day by touring the 1.5-mile high-banked Texas Motor Speedway oval in 22.845 seconds (an average of 233.539 mph), fastest of this morning's two-hour opening practice session. His time was surpassed only by the 22.821-second lap (233.785 mph) posted in today's afternoon session by Kenny Brack. Kanaan's afternoon time of 22.912 seconds (232.856 mph) was second overall in the afternoon session. Paul Tracy had the third-fastest time of the day at 22.396 seconds (232.612 mph) set in the afternoon session.

Mo Nunn Racing teammate Alex Zanardi, at speed on an oval track today for the first time since the 1998 season, was 10th in the morning practice session and 23rd in the afternoon. His best lap of the day in #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard came in the morning session, an effort of 23.165 seconds (230.313 mph).

Practice resumes at 9:30 a.m. CDT Saturday with single-car qualifying set to begin at 1:30 p.m. The CART qualifying show will air on ESPN2 at 1 a.m. EDT Sunday. Race time Sunday is set for 2 p.m. CDT and it will be broadcast live by ESPN.

TONY KANAAN

"It's no secret that I love the superspeedways. I got my first win at Michigan and this is just that same type of track, with a lot more banking. It actually feels safer than Michigan because the banking really holds the car in place, even though it's pretty bumpy. The car is working very well. We lost over an hour this morning making some changes on the car, but within a handful of laps, we were at the top. It's a great feeling. I'll admit that I got a good draft on my fast lap this morning. All things considered, it's great to be where we are, considering we did no oval testing during the offseason. It was a little bit rough in the early going, but this track is very easy to figure out, especially when your car is set up well. I got some long runs in this afternoon, and I was trying different things with the tires. I feel very comfortable in the turns here. You lose the car a lot less than you do at Michigan and Fontana. There's still just one racing line right now, but I think by Sunday we'll see a good bit of passing. Not quite like we do at Michigan and Fontana. But the fans definitely are in for a heck of a race."

-Mo Nunn Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Mo Nunn