IRL: Indy 500: AGR's Kanaan, Andretti day five practice report

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan and Andretti both see track time on Thursday INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 8, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven teammates Tony Kanaan and Michael Andretti both took some laps on Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, although their ...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan and Andretti both see track time on Thursday

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 8, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven teammates Tony Kanaan and Michael Andretti both took some laps on Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, although their respective approaches to the day were vastly different.

Kanaan hit the track early in the session and immediately put down a lap over the 231 miles per hour barrier, officially at 231.0610 (38.9508 seconds) on his 10th circuit. His speed was good enough for fifth overall, making Thursday his second consecutive day in the top five.

Andretti spent the majority of the day out of his Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone before climbing in late in the day for a couple of single-lap "installation runs" to shake down the systems aboard his car. Andretti plans on making his final qualifying preparations during Friday's seven-hour practice window.

Dan Wheldon, who teams with both Kanaan and Andretti at Andretti Green Racing, once again posted the fastest speed of the day at 232.2020 miles per hour (38.7594 seconds). Wheldon was also quickest on Tuesday. He was followed in Thursday's rundown by Tora Takagi at 232.0070 miles per hour, Helio Castroneves at 231.5950 and Gil de Ferran at 231.5670.

Practice continues tomorrow at Indianapolis in preparation for Saturday's "pole day" qualifying session. The Indy 500 is slated to go green at 12 p.m. EDT and will air live on ABC Sports.

TONY KANAAN, #11 TEAM 7-ELEVEN DALLARA/HONDA/FIRESTONE:

"I was pretty happy with the car, so we decided to stop and not run all day. I was obviously more comfortable today than I was yesterday and two days ago. It's just a matter of track time. I'm pretty happy with my car, so we'll wait for tomorrow and we'll work in qualifying trim again."

KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"We're still working on some setup stuff and I think we made some gains. When it's all said and done, Saturday is the first day of qualifying and it really depends on the conditions. I think we're good enough to adapt to the conditions for Saturday. I think we've got enough data and enough information. Having four drivers working well together, that gives us a serious shot at good qualifying results. But, we'll still have to see what Saturday's conditions are. But, I thought we had a good day -- a good, productive day."

MICHAEL ANDRETTI, #7 TEAM 7-ELEVEN DALLARA/HONDA/FIRESTONE:

"ON RUNNING ONLY TWO LAPS IN THE LAST TWO DAYS: "We have the luxury of feeling like we have a good setup, so we'll run when we think it's the right time to run. It's always nice here when you feel like that."

TONY COTMAN, TEAM MANAGER, TEAM 7-ELEVEN:

ON RUNNING ONLY TWO LAPS IN THE LAST TWO DAYS: "Everything is going really smooth and that is really the benefit of having teammates. When you've got teammates working on the car for you, you don't have to be out there slogging around yourself. At the moment, our teamwork is paying off and hopefully we can carry it through to Saturday."

- AGR -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Dan Wheldon