Zanardi bounces back in Motegi practice

Alex Zanardi was third fastest in the morning practice session at Twin Ring Motegi and ninth overall on the day. It marked Zanardi's best day since the two-time CART champion returned to the Champ Car ranks four races ago

Zanardi bounces back in Motegi practice

"We started with a very good race car today, but then we changed a lot of things and couldn't go as fast as we wanted to in the afternoon," Zanardi stated. "But Tony continued in the same direction we started in this morning and proved some things that we believed after the morning session. I'm very much looking forward to going out and running in the morning to verify those things for ourselves. I'm confident that we will have a good result this weekend."

Zanardi's team mate Kanaan says that no one should underestimate the Italian despite the poor start to his season.

"Alex has been unlucky, and suffered pretty much all of the team's problems so far this year," Kanaan said. "Everything bad is happening to him. But his confidence has been there since Day One. I guess he struggled for the first three races, but you definitely can't count him out. He's strong, and he's driving as well as he ever has. Don't take him for granted.

"We work very well together as team mates and he's helping me a lot," Kanaan added. "The team has grown so much since Alex joined, and we've gained a lot from his experience. In '97 and '98, everyone was wondering what kind of magic Alex and Mo Nunn had together. I'm privileged to see it up close, and I can tell you it's something special."

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