CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Kanaan Gold Coast qualifying notes

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Tony Kanaan
#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard
Honda Indy 300 - Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia - 2.795-Mile Temporary Street Course
Round 20 of 21 on the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start Sunday's Honda Indy 300 from the inside of the 10th row. Kanaan turned in a fast lap of 1 minute, 34.319 seconds (an average of 106.681 mph) around this 2.795-mile beachside temporary street course during today's second 30-minute group qualifying session, good for 19th overall. Conditions today were clear, sunny and dry - in stark contrast to Friday's wet and rainy conditions that hampered the entire first day of practice. This morning's 75-minute practice was the only dry session teams had to prepare for this afternoon's qualifying rounds. Sunny and dry weather is expected once again for Sunday.

Kanaan's teammate Casey Mears and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start on the outside of the 12th row. Mears lapped the Surfers Paradise street course in 1:35.401 (105.471 mph), good for 11th in today's first group qualifying session and 24th overall. Roberto Moreno won the pole in 1:32.095 (109.257 mph), followed by Gil de Ferran at 1:32.406 (108.889 mph) and Cristiano da Matta at 1:32.552 (108.717 mph).

Race time Sunday is 2 p.m. local time (midnight EDT Saturday night/Sunday morning) with a tape-delayed broadcast set for ESPN at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday.

"Needless to say, I'm very disappointed. I came here feeling very optimistic, but with the very limited track time we had before the qualifying session today, we just haven't arrived at the right setup for this track. We have our work cut out for us tonight. Hopefully, we'll make some gains and show some improvement in warm-up tomorrow morning. I really don't know what else to say."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Casey Mears , Gil de Ferran , Roberto Moreno , Tony Kanaan , Cristiano da Matta , Mo Nunn