IRL: Indy 500: Andretti Green Racing Pole Day report

Kanaan, Team 7-Eleven Earn Pole at Indianapolis SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 15, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan recorded a four-lap average speed of 227.566 miles per hour (2:38.3997 seconds) during qualifying at the Indianapolis ...

Kanaan, Team 7-Eleven Earn Pole at Indianapolis

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 15, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan recorded a four-lap average speed of 227.566 miles per hour (2:38.3997 seconds) during qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will start from the pole position for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"The Team 7-Eleven car ran great. I might have pushed a little too hard on the first warm-up lap, but the car ran great. Waiting for qualifications to end was very exciting, I told Kim (Green) that I'm going to have to check my heart tomorrow morning, and I had my fingers crossed so hard that I almost broke both of them. You can't drive a race car like that. It was a relief when they said I could get out of the car."

Franchitti Qualifies Sixth in ArcaEx Car at Indianapolis

Dario Franchitti recorded a four-lap average speed of 226.873 miles per hour (2:39.6790 seconds) in the #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone during qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday and will start from the sixth position for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"When I heard about the revised qualifying format for Indy, this is what I envisioned, it being nearly six o'clock and me being on my third run. But our gamble paid off. Not a lot, but we did move up one spot on the grid. Really, that was all the ArcaEx car had. I went flat out. The run before we made one change and made it a little bit worse, but I'm glad we managed to make that last run. This was pretty stressful. You hang it out on the edge during qualifying and to do that for two and a half miles, I'm ready for bed tonight."

Herta Qualifies 18th for Indianapolis 500

Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, qualified 18th today with a four-lap average speed of 223.972 miles per hour (2:40.7344 seconds) for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We're not happy because the car wasn't nearly as fast as we were hoping for. For some reason, we've been struggling all week with the XM Satellite Radio car. We were hoping we would roll out and get a little more speed out of it, but it wasn't there. We've still got some more work to do."

Wheldon Qualifies 16th for Indianapolis 500

Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon qualified 16th today for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500. Wheldon will start on the inside of row six with a four- lap average speed of 224.308 miles per hour (2:40.4933 seconds).

Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We started off the week very, very quick and we've just gotten slower and slower. We just can't put our finger on it. It's frustrating because you want to compete for the pole here and we just weren't close. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam car was comfortable; we just couldn't find the speed we needed."

Practice sessions continue next Wednesday. The fifth event of the 2005 IndyCar Series season is set to go green at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, May 29, with ABC Sports providing broadcast coverage of the 200-lap event beginning at 12 p.m. (EDT).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam