IRL: Pikes Peak: Honda Racing Saturday report

Rain washes out Pikes Peak qualifying The only driver to break into 180-mile-per-hour range in practice, Honda-powered Tony Kanaan will start Sunday's Honda Indy 225 from the pole after rain washed out qualifying at Pikes Peak International ...

Rain washes out Pikes Peak qualifying

The only driver to break into 180-mile-per-hour range in practice, Honda-powered Tony Kanaan will start Sunday's Honda Indy 225 from the pole after rain washed out qualifying at Pikes Peak International Raceway. As a result, the 22-car starting grid was set according to practice speeds, and for the fourth time this season, Kanaan will start at the front of the IRL IndyCar Series field.

Making a strong return from back injuries suffered in a street motorcycle accident two months ago, Dario Franchitti posted the seventh-fastest time in practice in his Andretti Green Racing Honda, with Team Rahal's Kenny Brack starting alongside, on the outside of the fourth row.

Rookie points leader Roger Yasukawa will start from the inside of the sixth row, next to Access Motorsports owner/driver Greg Ray, who has won two previous races here. Another Honda-powered IndyCar rookie, Dan Wheldon, will start 13th aboard the third Andretti Green Racing entry.

Sunday's 225-lap race starts at 4 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

Tony Kanaan (#11 7-Eleven Andretti Green Racing Honda) will start from the pole for the fourth time this season, previous poles came at Homestead, Phoenix and Japan:

"It's a shame we didn't get to qualify, honestly! I think we have a good car and I would have liked to qualify in the 'proper' way. But it still feels good, I'll take it. Tomorrow will be a long day, hopefully we'll finish in the same position as we started! The most important thing is to keep the car consistent, and that is something the team has done all season long. So I'm confident we can run up front tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa