Kanaan Notches Pole in Qualifying Washout; Simmons Breaks Own Track Record for Pikes Peak 100 FOUNTAIN, Colo, Saturday, Aug. 21 2004 -- IRL IndyCar Series points leader Tony Kanaan earned the pole position for the Aug. 22 Honda Indy 225 at Pikes...
Kanaan Notches Pole in Qualifying Washout; Simmons Breaks Own Track Record for Pikes Peak 100
FOUNTAIN, Colo, Saturday, Aug. 21 2004 -- IRL IndyCar Series points leader Tony Kanaan earned the pole position for the Aug. 22 Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway when MBNA Pole Qualifying was canceled due to rain.
Per IndyCar Series rules, Kanaan will start first after recording the fastest lap in Saturday's practice sessions. It is the second consecutive season that Kanaan has earned the pole at Pikes Peak based on practice speeds.
Kanaan's fastest lap was 20.6527 seconds, 174.311 mph, in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone. Kanaan's Andretti Green Racing teammate Dan Wheldon will start second with a best lap of 20.7390 seconds,173.586 mph on the 1-mile oval. Rahal Letterman Racing driver Vitor Meira rounded out the top three with a lap of 20.7913 seconds, 173.149 mph.
Defending race winner and 2003 IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon will start 10th with a lap of 20.9980 seconds, 171.445 mph.
In qualifying for the Pikes Peak 100, Jeff Simmons broke his own track record to earn the pole for the Aug. 22 Menards Infiniti Pro Series race.
Simmons recorded a lap of 23.2898 seconds, 154.574 mph in the No. 24 Team ISI Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone. Points leader Thiago Medeiros qualified second at 23.3196 seconds, 154.377 mph in the No. 11 Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone.
The Honda Indy 225 will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 22. The Pikes Peak 100 will take place at 1:45 p.m. on Aug 22. It will be broadcast by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. on Aug. 25.