Alex Zanardi and the ...
Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start Sunday's Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix from the outside of the eighth row after qualifying today over the scenic Belle Isle Park temporary street course. Zanardi posted a fast lap around the 2.346-mile layout of 1 minute, 15.059 seconds (an average of 112.519 mph), but was two turns from completing a lap telemetry showed was going to be more than a full second faster when a single-car accident by Patrick Carpentier brought an end to the qualifying session. That lap would have put Zanardi at the top of the speed charts for the first of two groups to qualify today and in the top five overall.
Teammate Tony Kanaan had to qualify his back-up #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard after an accident early in his session today damaged his primary car. Kanaan had time for only five qualifying laps in his back-up car and achieved a lap of only 1:19.834 seconds (105.790 mph) to put him at the back of the starting grid. Defending race-winner Helio Castroneves earned the pole in 1:13.499 (114.908 mph) today, followed by Bruno Junqueira at 1:13.581 (114.780 mph) and Gil de Ferran at 1:13.666 (114.647 mph).
Race time Sunday is 2 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast provided by ABC-TV. The Sunday-morning CART2DAY warm-up show will air at 11 a.m. EDT on ESPN2.
"We just haven't had any kind of luck lately. I was two turns from the best lap of the session when the red flag came out. That's not the first time that has happened to me this year. It's very depressing, to tell you the truth. Our day would have been so much nicer if I could have finished that lap. It cost me more than 10 places on the starting grid. Around here, that is a lot. Passing tomorrow will be a luxury. But, to be optimistic, you can make up ground if you run a smart, tactical race. Every position is so very important. We will definitely have our work cut out for us. But, like I said, it can be done. That's why we're here."