IRL: Kentucky: Andretti Green Racing Saturday report

SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2005) - Tony Kanaan will start from the sixth position in Sunday's running of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Rain washed out the scheduled qualifying session, ...

SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2005) - Tony Kanaan will start from the sixth position in Sunday's running of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Rain washed out the scheduled qualifying session, resulting in the field being determined by speeds set during two earlier practice sessions. Kanaan recorded a best lap of 217.089 miles per hour (24.5429 seconds) during the first of those sessions.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We have to work a little more on the Team 7-Eleven car before we can race. Kentucky Speedway is a very bumpy track and a lot of things are going to change since we practiced this morning. I do think we have a consistent car but we'll just have to see."

Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon will start second in Sunday's running of the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Rain showers washed out the qualification session, so the starting field was set based on combined practice speeds from sessions earlier in the day. Wheldon recorded a best-lap speed of 217.500 miles per hour (24.4965 seconds) in the first practice session.

Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "With as competitive as the championship is right now, it's always great to start at the front, but it's not the be-all-end-all. I think the most important thing right now is to have a car that can handle well in traffic and be very fast at the same time, so we'll see if we've got that tomorrow. Overall, we're very happy with the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car."

XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta will start 11th for Sunday's running of the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Because the qualification session was rained out, the starting grid was based on combined session practice speeds from earlier in the day. Herta had a best-lap speed of 216.124 miles per hour (24.6525 seconds) in the second practice session.

Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "At the last race in Michigan, we got the qualification setup right, but this week it wasn't quite as good. The XM Satellite Radio car was very comfortable in practice, but it didn't show a lot of speed, so hopefully in the race we'll be alright. At this race, the bumps are going to be a huge factor, there's no doubt about it, but it's the same for everybody."

Dario Franchitti will start from the ninth position for Sunday's running of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300. Rain washed out the scheduled qualifying session, resulting in the field being determined by speeds set during two earlier practice sessions. Franchitti recorded a best lap of 216.835 miles per hour (24.5717 seconds) during the first of those sessions.

Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We're still struggling to find a balance and the speed that we think we'll need to win the race. It's been a difficult day; this place is horrendously bumpy, not only on the track but in the pit as well and we're fighting with that, but it's the same for everybody. We just need to get the ArcaEx car working a little better and we'll be okay."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam