CHAMPCAR/CART: Zanardi Toronto Friday notes

Alex Zanardi and the ...

Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard were 15th in today's afternoon practice session for Sunday's Molson Indy Toronto. Zanardi recorded a fast lap of 59.409 seconds (an average of 106.348 mph) around the 1.721-mile temporary street course at Exhibition Place. Zanardi was 22nd in this morning's opening practice session.

Teammate Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard were fourth on the day at 58.657 seconds (107.750 mph). Gil de Ferran was fastest overall today at 58.400 seconds (108.185 mph), followed by Christian Fittipaldi at 58.638 (107.750 mph) and Dario Franchitti at 58.657 (107.711 mph).

Practice resumes Saturday morning with qualifying set for 1:45 p.m. EDT. The CART qualifying show will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. EDT. Race time Sunday is 1 p.m. EDT with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV.

ALEX ZANARDI

"The car feels really good, all things considered. What would have made a big difference in where we are in the order is that we never got out on track with our new tires. We had red flags at the end of the session and we never got a chance to use them. That's okay. I think we are headed in the right direction. Tony tried a lot of things that we didn't get to. We'll put our heads together tonight and then both of us will be on the same page. This is a really tricky racetrack. You can try 10 different things and none of them will work. Then, all of a sudden, you will find one that works and your car is up there with the leaders. Qualifying is very important here because it is so tough to pass during the race. So we are focusing all of our efforts on getting the car to go fast. We'll worry about making a consistent car later."

-MNR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Mo Nunn