IRL: Kansas: AGR/Kanaan Friday report

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan starts slow, but ends fast to open weekend at Kansas KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 4, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan overcame mechanical issues in the opening practice of the day and went on to post the third quickest...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan starts slow, but ends fast to open weekend at Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 4, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan overcame mechanical issues in the opening practice of the day and went on to post the third quickest lap in the afternoon session as the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series opened its track activities Friday at Kansas Speedway.

Kanaan climbed into his #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone as practice began this morning, but quickly encountered a technical gremlin that forced him to switch to car #11T. The IndyCar Series points leader finished the morning session in his backup machine, turning the sixth fastest lap at 216.034 miles per hour.

Four hours later, Kanaan strapped into his primary Team 7-Eleven machine for the second session of the day and found the going much more to his liking. Running in temperatures that approached the 100-degree mark, Kanaan logged 78 laps and recorded the third quickest speed at 217.661 miles per hour.

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Tomas Scheckter and Scott Dixon held down the top two spots on the speed chart at 217.729 and 217.725 miles per hour, respectively.

Practice for the Kansas Indy 300 resumes at 10 a.m. (EDT) Saturday with qualifying scheduled for 12 p.m. (EDT).

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

"This morning we had a mechanical (problem) and that can happen to anybody. Unfortunately, it happened to us today. But, because we have a good team, I was able to turn the situation around pretty quick. I think that is what it's all about. We have a consistent car and now we'll just have to see what happens. We need to keep working hard."

KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"Any time you lose track time, you're worried. There is pretty short track time in this series anyway and we have a pretty big list of things to test during every practice session. But, everybody rebounded pretty well. That's the advantage of having two really good technical teammates to work with in Bryan [Herta] and Dan [Wheldon]. We were able to learn from what they did. Overall, we're pretty happy with the day. We had a good session. It is certainly going to be all about survival in these temperatures and trying to pass people in traffic, and I don't think this is the easiest track to do that."

- AGR -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing