Kanaan moves to No. 33 spot in starting grid …

Posted: May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

Speedway Sightings …

By: Wm. LaDow
Daily Trackside Reports from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Published in the Post-Tribune — May 28, 2010
Speedway, Indiana

Tony Kanaan in the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Andretti Autosport entry has been moved to the 33rd and final starting position on the grid for the 94th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Kanaan and team owner Michael Andretti made the decision to fully repair Kanaan’s primary car wrecked on Saturday during qualifying. As a result, Kanaan must start at the end of the field.

He qualified 32nd in a pieced-together chassis.

This decision essentially moves him to the outside of the 11th and final row, rather than being sandwiched between two Indy 500 rookies Takuma Sato in the No. 5 Lotus-KV Racing car and Sebastian Saavedra in the No. 29 William Rast/Bryan Herta Motorsports entry.

* Teams that failed to qualify one of their entries last weekend are beginning to pool their sponsorships.

The most notable is that of Geico and Curb Records, the primary sponsors for Paul Tracy’s failed qualifying attempt, have now been transferred to another KV Racing Technology car, the No. 32 Mario Moraes entry. Curb and Agajanian have also appeared as joint entrants for the car with KV Racing Technology.

* In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Sunoco was announced as the new fuel supplier to the Indy Racing League.

Sunoco will provide fuel to both the IndyCar Series and the Firestone Indy Lights Series.

* Michael Andretti admitted that Andretti Autosport has been unable to secure more funding for Ryan Hunter-Reay to compete after the IndyCar race at Texas on June 5, but but Andretti has been able to increase Hunter-Reay’s original three-race package to seven races so far.

* Carb Day is today, beginning at 10 a.m. (CDT) with the final Indianapolis 500 practice and continuing at 11:30 a.m. with the Firestone Freedom 100 race for the Firestone Indy Lights series with Pippa Mann in the pole position. She’s the first woman to ever win a pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge takes place at 12:30 p.m. CDT, and the day wraps up with the concert featuring ZZ Top. Admission price is $10.

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