IRL: Kansas: AGR's Kanaan qualifying report

Kanaan slots in eighth on grid for Kansas Indy 300. KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 5, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan will look to maintain his hold on the top spot in the 2003 Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series point standings tomorrow...

Kanaan slots in eighth on grid for Kansas Indy 300.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 5, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan will look to maintain his hold on the top spot in the 2003 Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series point standings tomorrow at Kansas Speedway and he'll do it from the eighth starting position.

Kanaan, who had qualified in the top-five for all eight of his previous IRL starts including seven this season, turned a lap of 215.585 miles per hour (25.3821 seconds) to put the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the outside of the fourth row.

The 28-year-old Brazilian enters Sunday's 200-lap race with one win to his credit this season and a 27-point lead over Scott Dixon, who was won the last two IndyCar Series events. Kanaan, whose victory came at Phoenix International Raceway in March, has recorded six top five finishes in seven starts this season, while only failing to finish the Indy Japan 300 in Motegi, Japan.

For the second straight race, Dixon claimed the pole position in qualifying with a lap of 218.085 miles per hour. He will start alongside his teammate Tomas Scheckter, who qualified at 217.892. Tora Takagi, who clocked in at 217.536 miles per hour, qualified third.

Sunday's event at Kansas is slated to begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) and will air live on ABC.

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

"I'm very disappointed. We've got to keep working and have to get better. We have to improve. I know we have a good race car, but qualifying was not what we expected. We just didn't have the speed today. But, we'll work on it some more and see what happens."

KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"I'd have to say I'm disappointed. We've got some work to do to make our cars faster, but what we've got to do -- I'm not sure. I thought we would qualify a little bit better than this. I felt like when we ran some race runs yesterday that we were pretty good, but now I'm even a bit nervous about that. It's going to be a long race. It's a 300-mile race. I think a lot of it is going to get down to who makes it out of the pits first on the last pit stop because track position is going to be very, very important. For Tony, one advantage is that we have the last pit out and that will help."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Tora Takagi