Tony Kanaan ...
#17 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force
86th Indianapolis 500 - Carburetion Day
Thursday, May 23, 2002
Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 2.5-Mile Oval
Tony Kanaan and the #17 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force clocked the fastest lap during today's Carburetion Day of final practice for the Indianapolis 500. Kanaan, who will start fifth in Sunday's race, needed just 19 laps to declare his car race-ready after a fast lap of 225.752 mph around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Kanaan's four-lap average qualifying speed on Pole Day (Saturday, May 11) was 230.253 mph.
Meanwhile, Felipe Giaffone and the #21 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force recorded the 13th-fastest time today. Giaffone, who qualified fourth for Sunday's race, completed 28 laps today with a fast lap of 223.766 mph. His four-lap average qualifying speed was 230.326 mph.
Defending Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish, Jr., was second-fastest today at 225.279 mph, followed by Greg Ray in third at 224.975 mph.
Bruno Junqueira will start on the pole Sunday and will be joined on the front row by Robbie Buhl and Raul Boesel. Race time Sunday is 11 a.m. local time (noon EDT) with a live broadcast set for ABC-TV.
"We accomplished what we wanted to today. We're not as comfortable as we want to be in traffic. But we did that on purpose. We dialed a lot of push into the car, just like we will for the start of the race on Sunday. The good thing is we know how to deal with it as the race goes along. I'm really happy with the job (team owner) Morris (Nunn) and all the engineers did today and all month long. The whole crew, for that matter. We have a good car all the way around. I definitely think it's capable of winning the race. But it's going to be a long day Sunday and anything can happen. I think the race is anybody's to win or lose. We just have to keep our heads down and not get too excited about today and focus on our job on Sunday."