Kanaan, Team 7-Eleven, Earn Front Row Grid Position at Kentucky SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a qualifying lap of 215.731 miles per hour (24.6974 seconds) in the ...
Kanaan, Team 7-Eleven, Earn Front Row Grid Position at Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a qualifying lap of 215.731 miles per hour (24.6974 seconds) in the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone this afternoon at Kentucky Speedway, which earned him the outside front row starting position for Sunday afternoon's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Belterra Casino Indy 300.
This is the third-consecutive front row starting appearance for Kanaan and Team 7-Eleven and the fifth front row appearance for the year.
Kanaan enters the Kentucky event ranked first in the IndyCar Series point standings with 400 points; he leads Buddy Rice by 57 points and Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon by 89 points.
Rice earned the pole position with a speed of 216.016 miles per hour (24.6648 seconds). Sam Hornish Jr. will start third with a speed of 215.592 miles per hour (24.7134 seconds), Adrian Fernandez is fourth at 215.326 miles per hour (24.7439 seconds), followed by ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti in fifth with a speed of 215.181 miles per hour (24.7605 seconds).
Honda-powered machines occupy four of the top-five starting positions for tomorrow afternoon's event.
The Belterra Casino Indy 300, Round 11 of the 2004 IRL IndyCar Series, is set to go green at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, with ABC Sports providing live broadcast coverage of the 200-lap event beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).
Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"Qualifying all depends on the conditions you get, the sun and the wind. It is what it is; let's worry about the race. Team 7-Eleven has been very consistent all season, we're starting on the front row and I'm happy. It's going to be a long race tomorrow and I know we have a good car."
Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:
"Obviously, everyone at Team 7-Eleven has done a very good job again this weekend. Tony has been up front in all practice sessions and seems pretty pleased and happy about his race car. It's going to be a tough day, tomorrow. This track is bumpy, it's pretty hard on tires, and I think it will be fairly difficult to pass. We just need to have very clean pit stops, which undoubtedly we will have, and just hang in there to make sure we're in there at the end."