Alex Zanardi and the ...
Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard was 22nd and 16th, respectively, in today's opening practice sessions for Sunday 's Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200. His fast time of the day came during this afternoon's 90-minute session -- a 59.279-second (119.677 mph) lap around the 1.969-mile Portland International Raceway road course. Zanardi started the day with a fast lap of 59.769 seconds (118.597 mph) in the 1.hour, 45-minute session this morning.
Teammate Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard was 19th and 26th in today's two sessions, respectively. Kanaan turned a lap of 59.688 (118.758 mph) this morning, and came in at 59.780 seconds (118.575 mph) this afternoon. Helio Castroneves was fastest on the day at 58.318 seconds (121.547 mph), followed Christian Fittipaldi at 58.532 seconds (121.103 mph) and Mauricio Gugelmin at 58.543 seconds (121.080 mph). The latter three drivers all turned their fast times in the afternoon.
Practice resumes Saturday morning with qualifying set for 1:45 p.m. local time (4:45 p.m. EDT). The CART qualifying show will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. EDT. Race time Sunday is 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for ESPN.
"We didn't have a very pretty start to our day, but we made a change in the car that made it a touch better. A touch around here is a lot. We'll put our heads together with Morris and the engineers and make the car a touch better in a lot of other places. We're definitely headed in the right direction."