IRL: Phoenix: Honda qualifying report

Wheldon, Kanaan Claim Front Row in Phoenix Qualifying Dan Wheldon led a 1-2 qualifying effort today for Honda and Andretti Green Racing, taking the pole for Sunday's Copper World Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. It is the second...

Wheldon, Kanaan Claim Front Row in Phoenix Qualifying

Dan Wheldon led a 1-2 qualifying effort today for Honda and Andretti Green Racing, taking the pole for Sunday's Copper World Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. It is the second pole for Honda in as many races this season, following Buddy Rice's pole run in the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

It also is Honda's second 1-2 qualifying effort in Indy Racing League IndyCar Series competition, with Tony Kanaan and the now-retired Michael Andretti having qualified 1-2 at the 2003 Homestead event.

Defending 2003 Phoenix race winner Kanaan will start from the outside of the front row, with remaining Andretti Green entries Dario Franchitti seventh and Bryan Herta ninth, leading a string of five consecutive Honda qualifiers. Kosuke Matsuura posted his first top-10 qualifying effort in his second IndyCar race for Super Aguri Fernandez Racing.

Owner/driver Greg Ray was next up, 11th for Access Motorsports, followed by Team Rahal's Rice. Making his first IndyCar start since announcing his switch from the Champ Car World Series last week, Adrian Fernandez will line up 13th in his Quaker State/Telmex/Tecate Honda.

The second race of the 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season starts Sunday at 4 p.m. EST, with live television coverage on the ABC network.

Dan Wheldon (#26 Jim Beam/Klein Tools Andretti Green Racing Honda) pole qualifier, career first IndyCar pole, 2nd Honda pole in 2004: "It's great to have my first pole, but we've learned in the IRL that it's best not to get too excited too soon. It's going to be a long, tough race tomorrow. Last year, I struggled a bit on the short ovals, but my teammates and the entire Andretti Green Racing team have helped me a lot. This team is really a unique situation in racing. All four of us [drivers] want to be champion, but we still all get along well and work together to help each other out."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Kosuke Matsuura , Jim Beam