#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard
Tony Kanaan was third-fastest in this morning's opening session and ninth-fastest overall today in practice for Saturday's Firestone Firehawk 500. Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard recorded a fast lap of 26.517 seconds (an average of 210.295 mph) over the 1.546-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval in the morning session. He reached 26.640 seconds (209.324 mph) in today's afternoon session before an oil system problem forced the team to end the 90-minute session some 20 minutes early. Kenny Brack was fastest overall on the day with his lap of 26.072 seconds (213.885 mph) in the afternoon session.
Practice resumes Friday morning with qualifying set for 1:15 p.m. local time. Saturday's race, Round Five on this year's 20-event CART FedEx Championship Series, is set for noon, local time, (11 p.m. EDT Friday) with an ABC-TV tape-delayed broadcast on tap for 1 p.m. EDT.
"It was a good-news, bad-news kind of a day. We got off to a great start this morning and I definitely feel we are headed in the right direction. The unfortunate thing is we had our share of problems in the afternoon session, which is very frustrating after all the momentum we had going this morning. Hopefully, our problems are behind us. The outlook for us during qualifying and the race is good. Tomorrow's another day and I'm looking forward to a fresh start."