IRL: Phoenix: Tony Kanaan qualifying report

Kanaan Puts Team 7-Eleven Machine Second On Phoenix Grid As Agr Sweeps Front Row AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 20, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan qualified second with a lap of 174.291 miles per hour and completed a front row sweep for...

Kanaan Puts Team 7-Eleven Machine Second On Phoenix Grid As Agr Sweeps Front Row

AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 20, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan qualified second with a lap of 174.291 miles per hour and completed a front row sweep for Andretti Green Racing today at Phoenix International Raceway.

The 29-year old Brazilian, who is the defending winner of the Phoenix event, will start alongside teammate Dan Wheldon, who claimed the first pole position of his Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series career in the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Honda- powered Dallara.

Kanaan picked up Saturday morning where he left off yesterday, after running the third quickest speed over the course of Friday's practice sessions. The driver of the #11 Team 7-Eleven Honda-powered Dallara climbed to second on the speed chart during an 80-minute session Saturday morning before going out to back up his time in qualifying 90 minutes later.

Helio Castroneves qualified third (174.168 miles per hour) and was followed by his teammate Sam Hornish Jr. (173.945). Defending series champion Scott Dixon rounded out the top-five (173.367).

The green flag for Sunday's Copper World Indy 200 is set to fly just after 4 p.m. (EST). The 200-mile event, which is the second of 16 on the 2004 schedule, will be televised live on ABC.

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

"The whole Team 7-Eleven did a great job, and so did everybody at AGR and all my teammates. This is what happens when you have a great team. We work really well together. We're friends off the track and we work for one goal on the track. The important thing is for AGR to win a championship this year.

"I'm so happy for Dan. This is his first IndyCar Series pole so I'm really glad for him. We'll see what happens. Today was just a nice perk for us. Tomorrow is what really matters."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"Today is the result of a lot of hard work by everybody; all four drivers, all four teams working very, very closely together to try to get the best race cars for qualifying. I'm really proud of Dan and Tony. I'm sure they'll do a great job tomorrow.

"We all know how competitive this series is and we tried to get Tony what he needed to put together a perfect lap. We came close, but I still think it was a very, very good job by him."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Kim Green , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.