IRL: Kentucky: AGR/Kanaan qualifying report

Kanaan to roll from 11th in Team 7-Eleven machine at Kentucky SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a quick lap of 217.453 miles per hour in qualifying to grab the 11th starting position for tomorrow's running ...

Kanaan to roll from 11th in Team 7-Eleven machine at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a quick lap of 217.453 miles per hour in qualifying to grab the 11th starting position for tomorrow's running of the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Kanaan, who enters the race with a seven-point lead in the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar^Ù Series point standings, also leads the IRL in top-five finishes (eight) and is tied with Gil de Ferran for the most top 10s at nine after 11 of 16 events.

Sam Hornish won his first pole of the 2003 IndyCar Series season Saturday with a top speed of 219.614 miles per hour. Hornish was followed by Scott Dixon (219.358), Helio Castroneves (219.309), de Ferran (219.297) and Greg Ray (218.622)

Tomorrow's race at Kentucky is slated to begin at 2 p.m. (EDT) and will air live on ABC.

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

"When we came here and tested the racetrack, it wasn't good. The Kentucky Speedway people did a great job to try to improve it and they did, but now the whole setup has changed, so we struggled a little bit in qualifying. But, it's nothing we can't repair for tomorrow. We worked a lot on race setup this morning because is really what is important."

KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"Certainly, we're a little disappointed. This track is very challenging -- maybe more challenging than any of the other 1.5-mile tracks because of the bumps. We've been working hard on a comfortable car with our race setup, but we thought we had a pretty good car for qualifying, too, so I'm a little bit disappointed we didn't qualify any better. But, it's obviously a long race and I'm pretty confident we can move forward during the race and, with good pit stops and good strategy, we can be in the hunt at the end."

- AGR -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Sam Hornis