IRL: Nazareth: AGR, Kanaan Saturday report

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Qualifies Third at Nazareth NAZARETH, Pa. (Aug. 28, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a qualifying lap of 166.591 miles per hour (20.2052 seconds) in the ...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Qualifies Third at Nazareth

NAZARETH, Pa. (Aug. 28, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan turned a qualifying lap of 166.591 miles per hour (20.2052 seconds) in the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone today at Nazareth Speedway, which earned him the third starting position for Sunday afternoon's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Firestone Indy 225.

At the time of his qualifying effort, Kanaan recorded the fastest speed and held the pole position. However, Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. each made quicker runs later in the session to wrap up both of the front-row berths.

Kanaan enters Sunday's event atop the IndyCar® Series point standings, leading Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice by 68 points (463-395).

Castroneves earned the pole position with a speed of 167.396 miles per hour (20.1080 seconds). He will start alongside Hornish Jr., who registered a speed of 167.100 miles per hour (20.1436 seconds), followed by Kanaan. ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti is fourth with a speed of 165.684 miles per hour (20.3158 seconds) and Darren Manning will start fifth with a speed of 165.609 miles per hour (20.3250 seconds).

The Firestone Indy 225, Round 13 of the 2004 IRL IndyCar Series, is set to go green at 2:25 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, with ABC Sports providing live broadcast coverage of the 225-lap event beginning at 2 p.m. (EDT).

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"I would have liked to have been on the pole but the Team 7-Eleven car ran well. We just had a little too much understeer. I do like the way it feels for the race and I think we'll have a strong run tomorrow. The best way to win championships is to win races, so that's what we're trying to do."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"Nazareth is a really tough little race track and it's all about getting the car balanced perfect. The IndyCar® Series is so competitive that you have to have your car very close to perfect to sit on the front row. We didn't quite get the Team 7-Eleven car absolutely perfect, but I still think Team 7-Eleven has done a great job this weekend. I feel good about our race car balance and, when it's all said and done, it's all about the race. You don't get points for winning the pole position, but it's great for track position. It will be a tough race tomorrow, but I think we're in a position to make sure that we'll have a competitive car all day."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Buddy Rice , Kim Green , Sam Hornish Jr.