IRL: Pikes Peak: Honda Saturday report

Kanaan Leads Starting Field at Honda Indy 225 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series points leader Tony Kanaan will start Sunday's Pikes Peak Honda Indy 225 from the front of a 22-car starting field set by practice times after a late-afternoon shower...

Kanaan Leads Starting Field at Honda Indy 225

Indy Racing League IndyCar Series points leader Tony Kanaan will start Sunday's Pikes Peak Honda Indy 225 from the front of a 22-car starting field set by practice times after a late-afternoon shower washed out Saturday's qualifying at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

It is Kanaan's second IndyCar pole of the season, and his second here at Pikes Peak. He started from the front in 2003 when the field again was set by practice times due to rain. It is the fourth consecutive race that Kanaan will start from the front row. The Andretti Green Racing driver currently holds a 50-point lead in the standings over fellow Honda driver Buddy Rice of Rahal Letterman Racing.

Dan Wheldon, Vitor Meira and Dario Franchitti make it a first-through-fourth sweep for Honda of the first two starting rows for Sunday's 225-lap event. Bryan Herta will start sixth, followed by Fernandez Racing owner/driver Adrian Fernandez in seventh.

After running fifth quickest in the morning practice, Rice slipped down the order in the second, faster session, and will line up 11th. Making his fifth start for Access Motorsports, Mark Taylor will start 19th. Rookie points leader Kosuke Matsuura will start 22nd, at the rear of the field in a back-up car, after crashing his Super Aguri Fernandez Racing Honda in practice. He was not injured in the incident.

After clinching the IRL Manufacturers' Championship last week in Kentucky, Honda will be chasing its 11th consecutive IndyCar Series victory when Sunday's 225-lap race starts at 3:45 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ABC.

Tony Kanaan (#11 7-Eleven Andretti Green Racing Honda): will start from the pole, his second pole this year, 11th pole for Honda: "We concentrated a lot on race trim this morning. This afternoon, we divided the team a little bit, so I was trying to get a good qualifying car. We have four cars in the top six, but it's a shame we didn't get to qualify because I think it could be one, two, three, four. I was really hoping to get that. It's a nice feeling to be on the pole again."

-honda-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mark Taylor , Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Kosuke Matsuura , Vitor Meira