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

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan logs 126 race laps on Thursday INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 15, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan logged more than 300 miles Thursday behind the wheel of teammate Michael Andretti's ...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan logs 126 race laps on Thursday

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 15, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan logged more than 300 miles Thursday behind the wheel of teammate Michael Andretti's #7T Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, inching closer to what will be his race setup for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan totaled 126 circuits on the 2.5-mile oval during the day, posting a top lap speed of 224.9210 miles per hour. The speed was good enough for 18th on the speed charts, although car balance in a variety of conditions was the focus instead of pure speed.

Kanaan, who will start second in the "500," will turn the machine over to Andretti on Friday, while he spends a day consulting with Team 7-Eleven on pit road. Andretti spent the day out of the car again on Thursday.

Tora Takagi (229.1570 miles per hour), Greg Ray (228.378) and Felipe Giaffone (228.255) topped the speed chart on Thursday, followed by Scott Dixon (228.169) and fellow Andretti Green Racing driver Dan Wheldon (228.128).

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:

"It was a very good day for us. We turned close to 130 laps, working a lot on the race setup and not worrying about lap times at all. I was pretty pleased with the balance we came out with, so I'm going to give Michael his car back tomorrow and he is going to continue to work. It was a great team effort today between Dan and me. We found a pretty good balance that we think is going to be good for the race, so Michael is going to get in tomorrow -- as is Dan -- and we'll see."

KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"That was a lot of miles. Again today, we were just working on race setup during long runs and getting the car adjusted for all the different weather conditions we could end up with on race day. I thought we had a good, productive day. Michael will jump in his backup car tomorrow and Dan will run again tomorrow, and continue working towards our goal of getting a setup that we think is good by itself, running in traffic, load of fuel, low on fuel, on new tires and on tires that are worn -- all those issues."

- AGR -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Felipe Giaffone , Michael Andretti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi , Dan Wheldon