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05/18/10
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Kanaan setting up all the Andretti cars  Tony Kanaan might need to put in for overtime after being the session's busiest driver, turning laps in all five Andretti Autosport cars during Saturday's Opening Day for the Indy 500. Helping the team determine baseline speeds to begin the week of practice, Kanaan ran his fastest lap of 224.793 mph in John Andretti's No. 43 entry. Kanaan was also sixth in his own car -- the No. 11 ride -- with a lap at 224.685 mph. He also ran 15th in Marco Andretti's No. 26 at 223.516 mph and 16th quick in Danica Patrick's No. 7 at 223.208 mph. Ryan Hunter-Reay's No. 37 was the 25th fastest at 221.230 mph with Kanaan behind the wheel and 22nd quick at 221.707 mph with Hunter-Reay taking over.

"We just wanted to make sure that all of our cars had the same feel and make sure that we had the same starting point for everybody," Kanaan said. "So they voted me the guy to do that. They tell me it's because I'm a veteran, but usually that means you're old and I definitely don't see myself that way. But I'm glad to do it and think we've got a good idea of what we are as a team and where we need to go for the 7-Eleven car."

While some believe Kanaan's five-car driving was meant to ensure that all cars started with the same baseline information, it may indicate that some drivers have struggled to get the information themselves. When Marco Andretti was asked if he was glad that Kanaan helped set up his car, the answer was a resounding no.

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