Kanaan, a five-time winner of the event, lapped the 7/8-mile circuit in 57.419 seconds in the open qualifying session on Nov. 18. In a one-lap shootout featuring the quickest 10, Kanaan finished fifth.
"I don't think we had the best car to qualify," said Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar Series champion. "But, I think we'll be very strong in the race, it's a long race. It's not about the fastest go-kart, it's about who's going to last the longest. The key tomorrow will to be consistent and not break anything."
During the race, Kanaan will share driving duties of the No. 71 entry with 2005 IndyCar Series champion Dan Wheldon, three-time Menards Infiniti Pro Series race winner Marco Andretti and Formula One competitor Rubens Barrichello.
Felipe Giaffone qualified the No. 73 kart 18th. His racing teammates will be Andretti, Menards Infiniti Pro Series Futaba Freedom 100 winner Jaime Camara, and Brazilians Roberval Andrade and Luis-Felipe Gama.
Barrichello put the team's third entry 19th on the grid of 73 cars. The No. 72 car will feature Kanaan, Wheldon and Giaffone. The same combination won the race last year.
The IRL/Firestone team entered by the Menards Infiniti Pro Series' Brian Stewart Racing will start 52nd. The team battled problems throughout the lone 50-minute practice session. They were able to better their time during qualifying, turning in a 58.488-second lap. The team was quicker than two other karts being run by the same team (TR3 Motorsports).
Wade Cunningham, the CIK-FIA World Karting champion in 2003, piloted the kart during qualifying. During the race, he'll be joined by Menards Infiniti Pro Series drivers Nick Bussell, Chris Festa, Travis Gregg and 17-year-old CR Crews.
"The guys are a bit disappointed with the results, but this whole trip is more about the experience than the results," Brian Stewart said. IRL
1) Felipe Massa/Ruben Carrapatoso/Rafael Daniel – 57:701
2) JoÃ£o Paulo Bertuccelli/Marcos Gomes/PopÃ³ Bueno – 57:930
3) Eduardo Leite/Glauco Vinokurovas/Emil Shayeb – 58:126
4) César Ramos/JÃºlio Reis/Roberto Gomes/Pedro Gomes/Fernando Wortmann – 58:250
5) Tony Kanaan/Dan Wheldon/Felipe Giaffone/Rubens Barrichello – 58:431
6) Daniel Serra/Ricardo MaurÃcio/Norberto Gresse – 58:459
7) Michael Silva/Paulo Farias/Rafael Fernandes – 58:558
8) JoÃ£o Preto/Nélson Rangel/Pedro Paulo – 58:561
9) Juliano Moro/VÃtor Meira/Beto Nini/Pedro Pimenta – 58:615
10) Danilo Ramalho/MaurÃcio Mello/Antonio Terreri/Gamal Nsaif/Marcos Kassardjian – 59:041