Tony Kanaan and the ...
Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola held onto the outside-fifth-row starting spot for Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto after today's final qualifying session over the 1.755-mile temporary street track around Exhibition Place. Kanaan bettered his Friday provisional qualifying time by more than six tenths of a second with a fast lap of 58.706 seconds (107.621 mph). But he failed to move upon the grid as his fellow competitors improved in similar fashion. He was fastest in today's morning practice session.
Cristiano da Matta, winner of the last three CART FedEx Championship Series events and the fastest provisional qualifier on Friday, held onto the pole today with a track record-setting lap today of 58.135 seconds (108.678 mph), almost a half-second faster than his best lap yesterday. Paul Tracy, third on the provisional qualifying grid, moved past Bruno Junqueira into the No. 2 starting spot with a lap of 58.172 seconds (108.609 mph). Junqueira wound up third with a lap of 58.256 seconds (108.452 mph).
Sunday-morning warm-up is set for 9:30 a.m. EDT. Race time is 1:30 p.m. EDT Sunday and it will be telecast live by CBS-TV.
TONY KANAAN QUOTES
"We were definitely encouraged after practice this morning. We definitely found some speed today, which makes us confident for the race. Unfortunately, in qualifying mode, we had a hard time finding enough grip to get a clean, fast lap. We still have a lot of things to work on, but that will still be the case after we leave here, no matter what happens tomorrow. We are learning every time we take to the track with this new Lola chassis. This isn't the greatest place in the world to be starting 10th. We just have to be smart with our strategy, have nice, clean pit stops, and take advantage of any opportunities that present themselves on the racetrack. And, of course, we have to stay out of all the trouble that always seems to happen at one time or another on these street courses. It may not sound like it right now, but I'm really looking forward to the race."