All Honda front row at Homestead. Honda began its inaugural IRL IndyCar Series campaign in the strongest possible fashion in qualifying at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with Andretti Green Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Michael Andretti filling...
All Honda front row at Homestead.
Honda began its inaugural IRL IndyCar Series campaign in the strongest possible fashion in qualifying at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with Andretti Green Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Michael Andretti filling out the first row. All five Honda-powered drivers qualified in the top ten for Sunday's 200-lap (300 mile) event, the first in the 16-race 2003 IRL season.
Andretti was the first of 21 qualifiers to take to the track and his 203.014 mph average immediately lowered the track record set here last year by Sam Hornish. After six others - including Honda-powered Dario Franchitti and Roger Yasukawa - made their qualifying runs, Kanaan used information provided by his 7-Eleven team leader to complete his pole run and new IRL circuit record.
Franchitti, in the third Andretti Green entry, produced his best lap of the weekend to qualify seventh, just ahead of former series champion Kenny Brack's Pioneer/Miller Lite Honda. Yasukawa rounded out the top ten and produced the top rookie qualifying effort for Honda and his Super Aguri Fernandez Racing team.
The green flag waves for Sunday's Indy 300 at 1 p.m. EST, with live television coverage on ABC.
Tony Kanaan (#11 7-Eleven/Andretti Green Racing Honda) pole qualifier, first career IRL pole: "Today couldn't have gone any better. It was a great effort from the team and the best way for me to pay back the people who believed in my abilities and gave me this opportunity. With Michael [Andretti] running before me, it helped and the information he gave added to my confidence before my run. Today was the first step for the team, now we have to go out and win tomorrow. It can be be any of us - Michael, Dario [Franchitti] or myself - I'll be just as happy."