IRL: Michigan: AGR/Kanaan qualifying report

Kanaan places Team 7-Eleven machine 15th on Michigan starting grid BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 26, 2003) -- Tony Kanaan turned a lap of 218.806 miles per hour (32.9059 seconds) Saturday morning to qualify 15th for Sunday's running of the...

Kanaan places Team 7-Eleven machine 15th on Michigan starting grid

BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 26, 2003) -- Tony Kanaan turned a lap of 218.806 miles per hour (32.9059 seconds) Saturday morning to qualify 15th for Sunday's running of the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Kanaan, who has only finished out of the top-10 once in nine starts this season in the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, heads into the race as the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar^Ù Series points leader. Kanaan holds a 14-point margin over Gil de Ferran in the standings and has held the top spot since finishing third in the May 25th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Tomas Scheckter, who won last year's IndyCar Series event at Michigan, took the pole position for Sunday's race with a speed of 222.458 miles per hour (32.3657 seconds). Scheckter will start alongside his teammate, Scott Dixon, who turned a lap at 222.425. Helio Castroneves will roll off third after qualifying at a speed of 221.953.

Tomorrow's race at Michigan is slated to begin at 3 p.m. (EDT) and will air live on ABC.

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

"We didn't have a good day today, but today was just qualifying. It is going to be a long race and it will be decided on the last lap. We didn't really have the right package for today, but we will look forward to tomorrow."

KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"We're obviously disappointed. We've generally been the fastest Hondas, but today we obviously didn't quite have the car right for the qualifying conditions. We still feel fairly confident that we've got good race cars. It's going to be a long race. It's going to be all about track position, patience, pit stops and strategy. Certainly at this race track, you can win from anywhere. It's one of the great race tracks, as far as being able to run side-by-side and all the way through the corners, so I think we're going to see a lot of exciting racing. We just have to focus hard on tomorrow."

- AGR -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan