IRL: Chicagoland: Honda Saturday report

Kanaan Leads Honda Qualifiers at Chicagoland Indy Racing League points leader Tony Kanaan will start on the outside of the front row for Sunday's Delphi Indy 300, leading the Honda field in qualifying Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. Kanaan,...

Kanaan Leads Honda Qualifiers at Chicagoland

Indy Racing League points leader Tony Kanaan will start on the outside of the front row for Sunday's Delphi Indy 300, leading the Honda field in qualifying Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kanaan, who currently holds a 72-point lead over his Andretti Green Racing teammate, Dan Wheldon, will start on the front row for the seventh time this season.

Kanaan will start alongside Helio Castroneves, the only non-Honda driver to claim an IndyCar Series pole in 2003. The Team Penske driver also was the pole qualifier at Richmond and Nazareth Speedway earlier this year.

The second row of the 22-car starting field is made up of Honda-powered Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice, currently third in the standings, and Dario Franchitti, fifth with two wins in 2004. Starting fifth, Wheldon gives Honda four of the top five grid positions.

Vitor Meira, Rice's teammate at Rahal Letterman Racing, will start eighth, followed by Bryan Herta on the inside of the fifth row in ninth, and Fernandez Racing owner/driver Adrian Fernandez. Kosuke Matsuura qualified 17th for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing, while fellow IndyCar rookie Mark Taylor moved up one position from practice during his qualifying run and will start 19th for Access Motorsports.

Honda, which has already clinched the 2004 IRL Manufacturers' Championship, will be seeking its "lucky" 13th consecutive race victory in Sunday's 200-lap feature, with live television coverage on ABC.

Tony Kanaan (#11 7-Eleven Andretti Green Racing Honda): second-fastest qualifier: "We knew from practice this morning that 214 [mph] was the best we could do today, and that's what we ran. I got everything out of the car and I'm happy with that. We're starting up at the front and that's a good place to be at this track. We have a great race car and I'm looking forward to another exciting race for the Chicago fans tomorrow."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Taylor , Helio Castroneves , Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Kosuke Matsuura , Vitor Meira
Teams Team Penske