IRL: Nazareth: Honda Saturday report

Kanaan, Herta head Honda qualifiers at Nazareth. Indy Racing League championship points leader Tony Kanaan will start third and his Andretti Green Racing teammate Bryan Herta will line up fifth at Nazareth Speedway for Sunday's Firestone Indy...

Kanaan, Herta head Honda qualifiers at Nazareth.

Indy Racing League championship points leader Tony Kanaan will start third and his Andretti Green Racing teammate Bryan Herta will line up fifth at Nazareth Speedway for Sunday's Firestone Indy 225. Kanaan's speed of 19.769 seconds (170.259 miles per hour) around the tight eastern Pennsylvania oval was just one tenth of a second slower than pole qualifier Scott Dixon (19.663 seconds, 171.182 mph).

Kanaan leads outside front-row starter Helio Castroneves by eight points with just four races remaining in the 2003 season, while Dixon lies third in the title fight, 12 points behind.

In addition to Herta and Kanaan, two other Honda-powered drivers posted top ten qualifying runs today, led by Team Rahal's Kenny Brack in eighth and rookie points leader Roger Yasukawa 10th for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing.

Another IRL rookie, Dan Wheldon, qualified 14th in the third Andretti Green Racing entry, while Greg Ray posted the 17th-fastest time while battling a fever and the flu this weekend. Sunday's 225-lap race gets underway at 3 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ESPN.

Tony Kanaan (#11 7-Eleven/Andretti Green Racing Honda) Qualified third: "It was a wild qualifying run. I tried very hard; maybe too hard because I almost hit the wall on my second lap. Starting on the second row will be okay, we gave it our best and I'm right up there with my nearest [championship] competitors. The whole team did a great job today; we had a great car for qualifying. We've gotten better and better with every session on the track. It's going to be a tough race tomorrow, very hard to pass, but we're looking forward to it. I think we've got the race car to do the job."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa