CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Kanaan Chicago Friday Practice notes

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#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard Target Grand Prix of Chicago -- Friday Practice Notes/Quotes -- July 28, 2000 At Chicago Motor Speedway -- Cicero, Ill. (1-mile oval) Round 12 of 20 on the 2000 CART FedEx Championship Series

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard clocked the fourth-fastest time in afternoon practice today for Sunday's Target Grand Prix of Chicago. Kanaan toured the 1-mile Chicago Motor Speedway oval in 22.722 seconds (an average of 163.031 mph) to place him behind only Kenny Brack, Cristiano da Matta and Helio Castroneves. Brack had the fastest time on the day at 22.551 seconds (164.224 mph).

Practice continues Saturday morning with qualifying set to begin at 1:30 p.m. CDT. Race time Sunday is 3:00 p.m. CDT and it will be aired live by ABC-TV.

TONY KANAAN

"It's great to be back in the top five. We have a very, very good race car. We seem to be doing very well on the mile ovals. We had top-10 finishes at the other two mile ovals so far (Nazareth, eighth, and Milwaukee, 10th), and we've made definite progress with the car and the engine package since then. So, all in all, it was a very productive day at the office. Then again, Friday results don't count in the big picture of things. But it certainly has us feeling very good about qualifying, and, better yet, for the race on Sunday.

"I'm feeling pretty good, physically. This track definitely requires more effort to get around than Michigan last week. But I've been doing a lot of go-karting. I went out and bought one for myself last week, and me and Cristiano (da Matta) went out and put in about 600 laps each in the last three days back home in Miami. So that's the ideal way to get in shape for the small, tight tracks. Overall, I really want to work hard to finish the race and get a good result. It's been a while since we've finished a race. So we feel we're due. We certainly are working hard at it."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Cristiano da Matta , Mo Nunn