Kanaan Collects Kentucky Speedway IndyCar Series Pole Award
Andretti Green Racing driver Tony Kanaan collected the pole award for tomorrow's IndyCar Series "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's" at Kentucky Speedway with a quick 218.086-mph (24.4307 seconds) lap this afternoon.
Kanaan, who also started on point at Kansas Speedway April 29, earned his first IndyCar Series pole award at the track and will start a series Kentucky event on the front row for the second time after starting second in 2004.
"We started with a strong car on the race track so I knew, bottom line, it was going to be okay for us," Kanaan said. "Me and Dario (Franchitti) did a lot of work together in the morning session. I stole a little bit of his car and he stole a little bit of my set-up and I came out with the angle on the thing for now. It was a good team effort and we achieved what we wanted."
He is third in the series standings and 81 points off the championship pace after taking third win of the season at Michigan International Speedway last weekend. IndyCar Series leader and Andretti Green teammate Dario Franchitti will share the front row after registering a 216.810-mph (24.5745 seconds) qualifying lap. He will start a series race on the front row for the fourth time this season and the fourth time in the past six races.
"All my guys had a busy week because they had to build a complete new car from the accident last weekend. So, I've got to say, 'Great job,' to them.
"Tony may have taken a bit of my car, but this weekend I took a bit of his as well. It definitely helped us. We've got good balance with the car on our own and in traffic. I think the car is quite quick, maybe not as quick as his, but very, very strong. I'm just happy with that.
"Tony just seems to have the advantage this weekend, so to be starting up front with him is a big deal. As well as we worked together last weekend and as well as we've worked together since we've been teammates - hopefully, we can do that again tomorrow."
Scott Sharp will start tomorrow's 300-mile affair third after turning a 216.658-mph (24.5918 seconds) lap. He is slotted next to Scott Dixon, who grabbed the outside of the second row on the 18-car grid with a 216.481-mph (24.6119 seconds) lap. Dixon is second in the series standings and 24 points behind Franchitti.
Speedway gates will open at 2:00 p.m., and the first 3,000 children age 12 and younger who enter the gates will receive a free Horsepower mascot bobblehead doll. Radio Disney will provide family activities beginning at 3:00 p.m., on the Turn 1 Concourse and Radio Disney favorites The Jonas Brothers will be in concert on the Turn 1 Concourse Stage at 4:30 p.m. The IndyCar Series "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's" will take the green flag at 6:30 p.m., and the Indy Pro Series "Kentucky 100" will start at 9:00 p.m.
Tickets are still available and will be available at the speedway main entrance beginning at 1:00 p.m.