IRL: Chicagoland: AGR, Kanaan Saturday report

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Earns Front Row Qualifying Berth at Chicagoland Speedway JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 11, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a qualifying lap of 214.030 miles per hour (25.5665 seconds) in the ...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Earns Front Row Qualifying Berth at Chicagoland Speedway

JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 11, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a qualifying lap of 214.030 miles per hour (25.5665 seconds) in the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone today at Chicagoland Speedway, which earned him the second starting position for Sunday afternoon's running of the Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series Delphi Indy 300.

At the time of his qualifying effort, Kanaan recorded the fastest speed and held the pole position. However, Helio Castroneves made a quicker run later in the session to wrap up the pole position.

Kanaan enters Sunday's event atop the IndyCar® Series point standings with 503 points, leading Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon (431) by 72 points and Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice (427) by 76 points.

Castroneves earned the pole position with a speed of 214.759 miles per hour (25.4797 seconds). He will start alongside Kanaan, Buddy Rice will start third with a speed of 213.843 miles per hour (25.5889 seconds), ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti is fourth with a speed of 213.644 miles per hour (25.6127 seconds) and Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon will start fifth with a speed of 213.130 miles per hour (25.6745 seconds).

The Delphi Indy 300, Round 14 of the 2004 IRL IndyCar® Series, is set to go green at 1:55 p.m. (EDT) Sunday with ABC Sports providing live broadcast coverage of the 200-lap event beginning at 1:30 p.m. (EDT).

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"We tried a bunch of different things on the Team 7-Eleven car during the morning practice session and we knew that 214 (miles per hour) was about what we were capable of doing. After I made my qualifying run and heard my lap time, I was pleased because I knew that I had gotten everything I could out of the car. We have a great car for the race and it's great to be up front because you don't have so many people to deal with at the beginning of the race. We'll just have to see what's going to happen tomorrow."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"I'm very, very happy with the way qualifying went. It's so competitive that you absolutely have to get everything 100-percent and I think we got everything at 99.999 percent. It's a hell of a job by everybody on Team 7-Eleven all weekend and everybody on Andretti Green Racing. It's been a total team effort with everybody working to help each other, be it mechanical preparations on the race car, setup work with the engineers, whatever. Hats off to everybody on the team."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Kim Green , Jim Beam