IRL: Phoenix: Honda Friday report

Tony Kanaan Seeks Repeat Phoenix Victory Defending race winner Tony Kanaan led the Honda field today in practice for Sunday's Copper World Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, a field that was boosted to eight with the addition of ...

Tony Kanaan Seeks Repeat Phoenix Victory

Defending race winner Tony Kanaan led the Honda field today in practice for Sunday's Copper World Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, a field that was boosted to eight with the addition of owner/driver Adrian Fernandez as the newest full-time member of the 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series lineup.

Kanaan posted the third-quickest time in both the morning and afternoon practice sessions, despite a record high temperature of 92 degrees Fahrenheit. Kanaan's Andretti Green Racing teammates Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon ran sixth and seventh today, with Greg Ray rounding out the top 10 in his Access Motorsports Honda.

In addition to today's on-track action, Team Rahal driver Kenny Brack made his first public appearance since sustaining multiple injuries in a crash at the 2003 season-closing race at Texas Motor Speedway. Brack continues to undergo daily rehabilitation sessions as the former Indy 500 champion works to return to the cockpit later this season.

Tony Kanaan (#11 7-Eleven Andretti Green Racing Honda) 3rd fastest today: "We had a shaky morning, missing the first 25 minutes because of a mechanical problem, but still posted a fast time, then backed it up with another good run in the afternoon, so I'm very pleased. The track was very slippery today, and it is much hotter than when we tested here last month. It will be a long, hard race on Sunday, but we'll be ready for it."

Kenny Brack (#15 Pioneer/Argent Team Rahal Honda) on his recovery progress: "I'm coming back. I'm not walking very fast yet, but I am walking without any crutches or anything, and I'm working as hard as I can every day to make myself better and get back in a race car. Some of me, like my arms and upper body, is already back 100%, so I'm very pleased with my progress. Now I'm concentrating in rehabilitation on my legs and right ankle. I just keep doing my best to prepare for the next day."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon