IRL: Nazareth: AGR's Kanaan Saturday report

Kanaan places Team 7-Eleven machine third on Nazareth starting grid. NAZARETH, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan knew he needed a strong qualifying run Saturday at Nazareth Speedway and that is exactly what he delivered, ...

Kanaan places Team 7-Eleven machine third on Nazareth starting grid.

NAZARETH, Ky. (Aug. 23, 2003) -- Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan knew he needed a strong qualifying run Saturday at Nazareth Speedway and that is exactly what he delivered, placing the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone third on the starting grid for tomorrow's running of the Firestone Indy 225.

Kanaan, who has three Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series poles to his credit this season, turned a quick lap of 170.259 miles per hour (19.7699 seconds) to put his entry on the inside of the second row.

Scott Dixon ran a lap of 171.182 miles per hour to earn his fifth pole of the 2003 season. Dixon, who sits fourth in the series point standings entering tomorrow's event, will start alongside Helio Castroneves, who qualified at 170.849 miles per hour.

Tomorrow's race at Nazareth goes green just after 3 p.m. (EDT) and will air live on ESPN.

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

(HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR QUALIFYING RUN?) "It was a wild one. I tried really hard to get the pole. My last lap I was really close to the wall. But, the whole Team 7- Eleven worked really hard to get us to this point and we're looking forward to tomorrow. The most important thing is that we gave it our best and that we're close enough to the front. Now, we'll wait for tomorrow."

KIM GREEN, PRESIDENT, ANDRETTI GREEN RACING:

"We'd love to be starting up on the front row, so we're a little disappointed. But, this morning we worked on a lot of things. Some of them didn't quite help us with our qualifying trim, so we got a little bit behind. But, nevertheless, Tony drove a hell of a solid qualifying run. He wanted to put a real conservative but strong time in on his first lap. Then, he tried pushing extra- hard on his second lap and it looks like he had a little bit of a car-control problem coming through the last corner. But, we're Okay. Everybody has worked very hard this weekend and hopefully we can get some good results all the way across the board tomorrow."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan