CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Kanaan Injured at Detroit Qualifying

Tony Kanaan was seriously injured in a single-car crash during final qualifying for Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, as Juan Montoya set a new record in claiming his second consecutive pole position at Detroit. Montoya's ...

Tony Kanaan was seriously injured in a single-car crash during final qualifying for Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, as Juan Montoya set a new record in claiming his second consecutive pole position at Detroit. Montoya's qualifying lap of 73.056 seconds (115.604 mph) on the 2.346-mile temporary street circuit gave the 1999 CART his fourth consecutive pole position of the season.

Kanaan, driver of the Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes, brushed the inside wall on Turn Seven, then made heavy contact with the concrete outside wall, sliding to a stop approximately 150 feet down the track. Kanaan had just taken the top of the Group One speedboard with a lap of 74.813 seconds (112.889 mph) on his second circuit around the track. Initially unconscious at the scene of the incident, Kanaan was awake and alert when he arrived at the CART Medical Facility. The 24-year-old Brazilian driver was airlifted to Detroit Receiving Hospital. According to Dr. Steve Olvey, Kanaan sustained a broken left forearm, punctured left lung with rib fractures and a mild concussion.

PacWest Motorola Mercedes driver Mark Blundell qualified 16th with a lap of 74.856 seconds (112.825 mph). Michel Jourdain Jr. starts 17th in the Herdez/Bettenhausen Motorsports Mercedes (74.874 seconds/112.797 mph). PacWest Nextel Mercedes pilot Mauricio Gugelmin qualified on the 10th row (74.901 seconds/112.757 mph), and Luiz Garcia Jr. qualified his Hollywood/Arciero Project Racing Mercedes 25th with a lap of 77.105 seconds (109.534 mph).

The Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit starts Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT and can be seen live on ESPN.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell , Michel Jourdain , Luiz Garcia , Mo Nunn