Alex Zanardi and the ...
Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver from the inside of the 12th row. He set a fast qualifying lap of 1 minute, 2.519 seconds (an average of 102.554 mph) around the 1.781-mile temporary road course at Concord Pacific Place in today's first of two group qualifying sessions. It was the 10th-fastest time in that group of put Zanardi 23rd overall.
Teammate Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard will start from the inside of the seventh row. Kanaan posted a fast time of 1:01.760 (103.816 mph), good for fourth-fastest in the first qualifying group and 13th overall. Teammates Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier claimed the front row with Tagliani earning the pole in 1:00.872 (105.329 mph) and Carpentier the second spot at 1:00.924 (105.239 mph). Gil de Ferran qualified third in 1:00.933 (105.224 mph).
Race time Sunday is 2 p.m. PDT (5 p.m. EDT) with a tape-delayed broadcast set to begin on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. EDT. The Sunday-morning warm-up show CART2DAY can be seen on ESPN2 at 11 a.m. EDT.
"Well, the good news is that my car was better than it has been all weekend. My problem that session was that I tapped the wall and hurt my suspension just enough to make the car not so good. We have our work cut out for us tomorrow. We'll have to run a strategic race because you have to fight so hard for every position on the racetrack, which is typical of a street track. Sundays have been our best days all year, so we'll keep our fingers crossed that tomorrow will be our best Sunday of the season."