Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Earns Front Row Position At Kansas Speedway KANSAS CITY, Kansas (July 3, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a qualifying lap of 209.681 miles per hour this afternoon at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway,...
Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Earns Front Row Position At Kansas Speedway
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (July 3, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a qualifying lap of 209.681 miles per hour this afternoon at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway, which earned him the outside front row starting position for Sunday afternoon's running of the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300.
Kanaan, who currently leads the 2004 IRL IndyCar® Series standings by 15 points over Klein Tools/Jim Beam teammate Dan Wheldon (240-225) heading into the seventh race of the season, gave a flawless qualifying effort to give the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone the front row starting berth.
Honda-powered machines took the top three positions for Sunday's event as Buddy Rice won the pole with a speed of 210.141 miles per hour, Kanaan was second (209.681) and Vitor Meira (209.342) earned the third starting spot.
The Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300, round seven of the 2004 IRL IndyCar Series, is set to begin at 12:45 p.m. (EDT) Sunday. ABC Sports will air the 200-lap event live with coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. (EDT).
Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I maximized whatever we had and we got what we got. I don't think the car had a 210 (mph) in it, I just couldn't go any quicker. Second isn't a bad place to start, we started fourth in Texas and ended up winning the race. I'm working towards having a good race car more than anything. This team has built its success on teamwork. Drivers working with the engineers, everyone working towards one goal: to make the team successful. I think that what we have is priceless."
Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:
"Certainly, these two-day events present a very compact schedule where you practice and qualify all in the same day. I thought everyone on Team 7-Eleven did a great job and Tony drove a great qualifying run. Obviously, we would have liked the pole position, but we didn't quite get there. Now we need to get ready for the race and make sure we have a car that can run up front all day."