IRL: Indy 500: AGR's Kanaan day nine practice report

Kanaan works with Team 7-Eleven machine in race trim. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 14, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan returned to action on Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and began to work on the setup he will put in place for...

Kanaan works with Team 7-Eleven machine in race trim.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 14, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan returned to action on Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and began to work on the setup he will put in place for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan, who qualified for the middle of the front row on Sunday, made two lengthy runs in Michael Andretti's backup machine during the seven-hour session, which was interrupted a handful of times by rain drops. The #7T Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone turned a total of 57 laps with a quick speed of 225.608 miles per hour, which ranked 14th at day's end.

Rookie Tora Takagi was fastest in practice on Wednesday with a speed of 229.704 and was followed by Gil de Ferran at 229.178, Felipe Giaffone at 228.635, Helio Castroneves at 228.252 and Tomas Scheckter at 227.826.

Kanaan's Team 7-Eleven teammate Michael Andretti took the day off from practice and spent his time consulting with Kanaan outside the race car on pit road.

Practice continues tomorrow at Indianapolis in preparation for Sunday's "bump day" qualifying session, as well as the "500," which is slated to go green May 25 at 12 p.m. EDT on ABC Sports.

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

"We went through a few changes and I was just feeling the car. It was a slow day for us, just trying to take the time. We've got a few days left. It was just me today. Tomorrow we will have more of my teammates around, so we can work more. But, today was a good start."

KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"We were just working on making sure we have a comfortable car in all weather conditions. Obviously, we don't know what race day weather conditions are going to be like, but in theory, they will probably be warmer than what we've experienced up to know. We're just gathering all our data and try all the different setups we want, so that when we get closer to race weekend we can really pick the setup we want."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi