St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
tampabay.com

printer version

Showers ensure Kanaan's pole spot

By BRUCE LOWITT, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 6, 2002

MIAMI -- Tony Kanaan clinched the pole for today's Grand Prix of the Americas without even putting his Honda/Lola in gear Saturday. With intermittent showers soaking the track, he sat on his Friday one-lap qualifying speed of 81.503 mph.

Scott Dixon (Toyota/Lola), who finished second to Kanaan at 81.264 mph in Friday's provisional qualifying, sealed his position with Saturday's best lap of 71.550 mph.

"I wanted to run," Kanaan said. "Obviously (team owner Morris Nunn) didn't let me. I think it was a smart decision. ... I was going to try to go as quick as I could to see, you know, just in case something happened (today), some weather problems.

"But this is my hometown. I kind of control the weather a little bit. I guess (today) is going to be dry."

Kanaan and fellow Brazilians Cristiano da Matta, Bruno Junqueira and Christian Fittipaldi live in the Miami area, Kanaan two blocks from the track.

PIRRO, BIELA WIN LE MANS RACE: Audi teammates Emanuele Pirro and Frank Biela won the IMSA-sanctioned American LeMans Challenge, the first race of the weekend and their third win this season. They finished 14.021 seconds ahead of Cadillac's Max Angelelli and J.J. Lehto.

The winners made it through 122 laps in 2 hours, 46 minutes, 3.793 seconds with one fuel stop and no tire changes. Audi clinched its third consecutive ALMS manufacturer's title.

"We didn't count on anything because a race like this is so unpredictable," Pirro said. "We were afraid of changing on a yellow because we have screwed up races when we changed the wrong tires on a yellow."

BIG NAME: The winner of today's Grand Prix of the Americas will receive the inaugural Ralph Sanchez Cup honoring the promoter who founded the downtown Miami Grand Prix in 1983. Ralph Sanchez solidified his legacy at that race when a deluge ended it after 27 of the scheduled 168 laps. Asked by IMSA president John Bishop what percentage of the prize money should be distributed, Sanchez told him to pay all of it.

PIT STOPS: Saturday morning's rain canceled qualifying for the Trans Am race scheduled to follow today's grand prix. The starting grid was determined by the series point standings, with Boris Said (Panoz Esperante) and Paul Gentilozzi (Jaguar XKR) in the top two positions. ... The grand prix plans called for a 1.57-mile track, but official measurements determined it was 1.387 miles.

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright
 

From the Times sports desk

College football
  • MISS-Fortunate
  • Quick TD strikes keep Irish perfect
  • Bulls earn road win
  • 'Canes easily extend unbeaten streak (27)
  • Brown's Gessner ties mark: 24 catches
  • Around the state
  • Top TE doesn't start
  • Grossman loses uninspiring battle
  • Another loss by Florida yields another team's goal post party
  • Florida: By the numbers
  • South Florida: By the numbers
  • Verpaele picks his spots well
  • Bulls break out of the gate quickly
  • Big 12: With OU ahead, Texas outlasts Oklahoma St.
  • ACC: Wake Forest grounds out road win
  • C-USA: Pirates run wild on Army
  • Pac-10: Cal QB Boller ends Huskies' domination
  • Big East: Pitt snaps 11-game skid against Syracuse
  • Around the nation
  • SEC: Vols use six overtimes to knock off Arkansas
  • Big Ten: QB Mills leads Penn State despite sprained shoulder

  • Baseball playoffs
  • Both champs ousted
  • Twins prove to be survivors yet again
  • NL: Selig promises end to late playoff starts
  • AL: Twins forced to try to outfox Mulder
  • Karros may be done as a full-timer
  • Cardinals knock out champs
  • Maddux helps put Braves in control
  • Angelic upstarts finish Yanks

  • Motorsports
  • Earnhardt Jr. can't outrun inevitable growing pains
  • Showers ensure Kanaan's pole spot
  • In single file, and stay there
  • Drivers, chiefs like the small gas tanks as attempt at safety

  • NFL
  • Steelers give Maddox a shot
  • NFL Game Day: Week 5
  • Spurrier to start Wuerffel

  • Golf
  • Mayfair one back of Jobe

  • NHL
  • Thrashers end preseason with win

  • Boxing
  • Montana KOs Smith

  • Et cetera
  • Highs and Lows

  • Preps
  • Eagles stay positive despite five losses
  • Howard returns to defend title
  • Wildcats continue to duel

  • Outdoors
  • Hardcore wader has much info to share
  • Daily fishing report

  • Letters
  • McRae wasn't the problem, it's LaMar

  • Rays
  • Manager hunt isn't a battle

  • Bucs
  • What a rush
  • D making its opponents disappear
  • High Profile -- T.J. DUCKETT
  • For fun, bring handcuffs and a snake
  • Chucky's Chalk Talk
  • Side line

  • Lightning
  • Modin anxious to slap back into good form of 2000-01
  • Khabibulin shows how it's done
  • Lightning: 10 questions/answers exiting camp


  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts