IRL: Kannan, Andretti Test in the West notes 2003-02-07

Kanaan & Andretti 5th and 7th quickest at Test in the West at Phoenix. AVONDALE, Arizona (February 7, 2003) -- Andretti Green Racing (AGR) and Team 7-Eleven moved to Phoenix today for the second leg of the Indy Racing League's 2003 Test in the...

Kanaan & Andretti 5th and 7th quickest at Test in the West at Phoenix.

AVONDALE, Arizona (February 7, 2003) -- Andretti Green Racing (AGR) and Team 7-Eleven moved to Phoenix today for the second leg of the Indy Racing League's 2003 Test in the West. After spending most of this past Tuesday out of the car and handling team owner duties in Fontana, California, Michael Andretti slipped back into driver mode at Phoenix International Raceway and ran a total of 124 laps in preparation for Round 2 of the IndyCar Series race here on March 23. At the end of the day, Andretti was scored seventh quickest, posting a fast lap of 174.094 mph (20.6785 seconds).

Andretti's teammate at Team 7-Eleven, Tony Kanaan, also made the switch from superspeedway to short oval set-up at Phoenix and, after posting the third quickest time of the day at Fontana, was fifth fastest with a best lap of 174.463 mph (20.6348 seconds). Kanaan sat out the latter part of the morning session after an oil leak forced Team 7-Eleven back to the garage for an engine change.

Helio Castroneves was quickest of the day with a best lap of 175.907 mph (20.4654 seconds), while Kenny Brack, 175.641 mph (20.4964 seconds) was second and Felipe Giaffone 175.408 mph (20.5236 seconds) was third.

Andretti Green Racing's technical partner, Dario Franchitti, driving the #27 Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola entry was sixth fastest with a best lap of 174.362 mph (20.6467 seconds).

Day two of the Phoenix leg of Test in the West gets underway tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. MT. Following the day's action, Andretti Green Racing and Team 7-Eleven will head home to Indianapolis for a short turnaround. The team's next on-track activity will be at Homestead-Miami Speedway on February 17 and 18. Both Team 7-Eleven drivers and Dario Franchitti are expected to test on the 1.5-mile oval.

The 2003 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series season kicks off on March 2 at Homestead. The race will be broadcast live on ABC at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Michael Andretti, Team 7-Eleven
"We had an okay day. We didn't get through everything we wanted to, but we learned a few things and that's important. We're getting close. We've got to get more speed out of the car. It's the team's second time here and my first, and all things considered I think we're doing pretty well. We'll get back into it tomorrow and see if we can't apply some of the things we learned today and post some quicker times."

Tony Cotman -- Team 7-Eleven Team Manager
"We had a pretty good day. We made a lot of changes and covered a lot of ground. We're pretty happy with the quality of things that we tried today. We made a change near the end of the day that we'll try to expand on tomorrow, but all in all we should be happy with our results today."

Tony Kanaan, Team 7-Eleven
"We had our share of problems, but thankfully we've been here before and we know that we can be fast. I was actually the one who tested the 7-Eleven car here a few weeks ago and I'm not concerned. Obviously we'll have to sort out the problems we had today and get ready for tomorrow. "

Kim Green, President -- Andretti Green Racing
"It's been a long time since I've been here at Phoenix and it's a great little racetrack. I think it was a pretty good day. We did have a fuel pressure problem with Tony Kanaan's car that we need to find a solution for but I think that overall car balance was good for all three drivers. This is really all about testing, it's not about being the fastest every lap. I'm sure we've got some things to work on, we've got to make sure we've got a good racecar that can run a tank full of fuel and a set of tires."

- AGR -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Kim Green