Kanaan, Matsuura Pace Michigan Practice Indy Racing League IndyCar Series championship leader Tony Kanaan and rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura led the way Friday at Michigan International Speedway in opening practice for Sunday's Michigan...
Kanaan, Matsuura Pace Michigan Practice
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series championship leader Tony Kanaan and rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura led the way Friday at Michigan International Speedway in opening practice for Sunday's Michigan Indy 400.
Kanaan, who has won three times this year and currently leads the drivers' championship by 64 points, piloted his Andretti Green Racing Honda around the 2.0-mile Michigan superspeedway to an average speed of 214.797 mph in the second of two practice sessions to pace the 22-car field. Matsuura, who likewise owns a healthy 40-point lead in the rookie standings, was second fastest in the afternoon and overall.
Buddy Rice and Dan Wheldon, who each have won a pair of races this year and sends second and third, respectively, in the drivers' standings, rounded out the top five. Rice is second with 293 points (leader Kanaan has 357 points), with Wheldon third at 276.
Fernandez Racing owner/driver Adrian Fernandez and Vitor Meira gave Honda six of the top nine speeds today. Dario Franchitti, winner of last weekend's race in Milwaukee, was 11th, with Bryan Herta 14th and Mark Taylor 16th.
Practice continues at Michigan Speedway on Saturday morning, with single-car qualifying scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. EDT. Sunday's 200-lap race starts at 3 p.m., with live television coverage on ABC.
Tony Kanaan (#11 7-Eleven Andretti Green Racing Honda): fastest Friday practice speed: "We worked on our race setup a lot today. There was a lot of drafting and I got a good tow from my teammates to set the fastest time. The race is all about drafting, so my teammates and I worked together a lot in the afternoon. But the actual lap times today don't mean a lot. We'll see what happens tomorrow."