7-Eleven's Kanaan qualifies 10TH at Nashville NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 18, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a lap 0f 203.759 miles per hour Friday afternoon to claim the 10th starting position for tomorrow night's running of the ...
7-Eleven's Kanaan qualifies 10TH at Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 18, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a lap 0f 203.759 miles per hour Friday afternoon to claim the 10th starting position for tomorrow night's running of the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.
Kanaan, who heads into the race as the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar^Ù Series points leader, will use his ninth straight top-10 starting spot to chase his second win of the 2003 season in the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone.
With the threat of rain looming, Kanaan turned a total of 84 laps during two practice sessions prior to qualifying, focusing largely on race setup. Kanaan did the majority of his work in traffic in preparation for Saturday's 200-lap event on the 1.33-mile concrete oval.
Scott Dixon won his third-straight IndyCar Series on Friday with a lap of 206.211 miles per hour and will start alongside Helio Castroneves, who qualified at 205.339. Tora Takagi qualified third at 205.051 miles per hour, followed by Castroneves' teammate Gil de Ferran at 205.010 and Dixon's teammate Tomas Scheckter at 204.482.
Saturday's event at Nashville is slated to begin at 8 p.m. (EDT) and will air live on ESPN2.
TONY KANAAN, #11 TEAM 7-ELEVEN DALLARA/HONDA/FIRESTONE:
"I don't what happened. We lost a lot of speed, so we'll see. It was definitely not a good qualifying result."
KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:
"We're a little baffled as to why we lost the speed that we did in qualifying. We ran faster here last week when we tested and ran faster earlier today during our practice, so we've got some work ahead of us to figure out what happened. But, I really feel like we'll have a good race car for tomorrow night. I just wish we could start the race with a little better track position, but we'll just do a good job with our pit stops and do a good job in traffic."
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