CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Kanaan Sneak Preview Saturday notes

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard opened the CART FedEx Championship Series 2002 Sneak Preview two-day test today at Laguna Seca Raceway with a pair of 2-1/2 hour sessions. Kanaan recorded the second-fastest lap in the morning and the 10th-fastest lap of the afternoon on a sunny but cool day on the outskirts of Monterey.

Kanaan's lap of 1 minute, 10.316 seconds (114.580 mph) on the 2.238-mile hillside road course this morning was surpassed only by Cristiano da Matta's lap of 1:09.952 (115.176 mph). Kanaan completed just 22 laps during the session as he, as did a majority of the 21 competitors testing today, waited for the brisk morning temperatures to rise from the high-40s into the mid-50s before running in earnest. Kanaan and his crew also stopped some 30 minutes before the end of the session to begin working on changes to the Pioneer-WorldCom car for this afternoon's session.

They turned 50 laps during the afternoon run, trying a multitude of setups and, all the while, opting to conserve tires. Kanaan's best afternoon lap was a 1:10.495 (114.289-mph) effort.

The team used just two of its six allotted sets of tires for the weekend. Testing concludes Sunday with a pair of 2-1/2 hour sessions.

The top three lap times of the day all came in the afternoon session, led by da Matta (1:09.500/115.925), Alex Tagliani (1:09.545/115.860) and Patrick Carpentier (1:09.687/115.614).

<B>Tony Kannan:
"We had a fast car this morning. We had to wait a while for the temperature to get just a little warmer, and the track was very, very green. I went out for just one lap at the start of the session, just to see what the track was like, and the track was very slippery. We tried a lot of things this afternoon and learned a lot. We just stuck to our list of things that we wanted to try, and we decided to save our tires for Sunday. You have to understand that even though it seems like a race weekend, with all the teams here, this is just a test. The time we're really going to want to go fast here will be (race weekend) in June. Even so, things should look better on the timesheets for us on Sunday."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Tony Kanaan , Cristiano da Matta , Mo Nunn