IRL: Kansas: Honda Kansas qualifying report

Rice Rules Kansas Qualifying Buddy Rice continued his run of excellent qualifying performances yet again at Kansas Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 winner blazing around the 1.5-mile oval just west of downtown Kansas City to take his third ...

Rice Rules Kansas Qualifying

Buddy Rice continued his run of excellent qualifying performances yet again at Kansas Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 winner blazing around the 1.5-mile oval just west of downtown Kansas City to take his third Indy Racing League IndyCar Series pole of the season, and the sixth in seven races for a Honda driver.

Rice edged IndyCar championship points leader Tony Kanaan by just four hundredths of a second to make it an all-Honda front row for the fourth time this year. Rice's Rahal Letterman Racing teammate, Vitor Meira, rounded out the top three for Honda.

Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura headed the next group of Honda qualifiers, running eighth fastest for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing. Andretti Green Racing teammates Dario Franchitti and Bryan Herta filled the next two positions, followed by owner/driver Adrian Fernandez in 11th.

Dan Wheldon, winner of last weekend's race at Richmond, Virginia, rebounded from handling problems in practice to qualify 13th. Sunday's 200-lap race will be televised live on ABC, starting at 12:30 pm EDT.

Buddy Rice (#15 Pioneer/Argent Rahal Letterman Racing Honda): pole qualifier, his 3rd IndyCar pole this season and 6th pole in 2004 for Honda: "Our car has been quite good in qualifying at all the tracks this year. Honda's done their homework. They came out strong at the start of the season and keep improving all the time. They'll be difficult to catch this year. The team also did an excellent job today. The track has gotten quicker as the day has gone along, and the team made some small adjustments just before my qualifying run to adjust to the track. They worked, and that's how we ended up with the pole. "

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Kosuke Matsuura , Vitor Meira