Tony Kanaan and the ...
Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola moved up to the sixth spot on the starting grid for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver after final qualifying this afternoon at Concord Pacific Place. Kanaan, in a radical departure from the typical strategy employed by most teams this season under the new 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series qualifying rules, took the track immediately as the 60-minute session went green and set his best lap of 1 minute, 0.763 seconds (105.518 mph) came during his first, six-lap run. That lap moved him up six spots on the grid position of 12th he earned in provisional qualifying on Friday.
Cristiano da Matta came from 16th on the provisional grid to earn the pole position today with a lap of 1:00.339 (106.260 mph). Paul Tracy, the provisional polesitter, will start second after a fast lap of 1:00.602 (105.973 mph). Dario Franchitti qualified third in 1:00.659 (105.874 mph).
Sunday's race begins at 1:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for Speed Channel. There also will be a 30-minute pre-race show on Speed Channel beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.
TONY KANAAN QUOTES
"See, everybody go in a traffic jam yesterday afternoon so they decided to go out early today. Unfortunately, a lot of other cars decided to do the same thing as we did today, but not enough to make a big difference. After struggling again in practice this morning, we came up with a totally different setup. Everything. Shocks, springs, suspension geometry. We came out with a setup for today's qualifying session that we have never run before with this car. And we got it right. I've got to hand it to (team owner) Morris (Nunn) and (engineer) Iain (Watt) for coming up with the right recipe today. I've got to say this is the best I've felt in a while. Now that we are headed in the right direction, we have a foundation to build our setup decisions on for tomorrow's race. We'll have to have a consistent car, one that we can run hard lap after lap, because the key will be to stay with the leaders and make up as many positions as possible on our pit stops. Otherwise, this track will be very difficult to get around people. I think we definitely have a car capable of a top-five finish. I would just love that because I really need some points."