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  • ST. Oribe Peralta Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Takuma Sato won the pole at St. Petersburg for Sundays season-opening IndyCar Series race, where Tony Kanaan will make his debut in his new Target/Chip Ganassi Racing ride starting alongside him on the front row. Sato circled the street course in 1 minute, 0.01 seconds Saturday in the rain-delayed qualifying session to put his A.J. Foyt Racing entry out front. It was a stellar debut for Honda and its new twin turbo engine. "Its a fantastic day. I cant really ask any more for the start of the season," Sato said. "A.J. said Very well done, and he was very happy, and making him happy is a very difficult thing. So Im pleased." Sato also praised Honda Performance Development, which struggled mightily in this race a year ago. He said having the engine ready early in the off-season allowed his team to do needed testing in advance of the opener. "Last year, my first test was the end of February with the team," he said. "Its a very short time to prepare. But this year, really the winter testing started from December, so effectively more than two months ahead of what we were last year." Tony Kanaan qualified second, 0.2951 seconds behind the Japanese driver. Kanaan, the defending Indianapolis 500 winner, replaced Dario Franchitti during the off-season following Franchittis forced retirement from injuries suffered in an October crash. His first qualifying session with his new team led to Kanaans best starting spot at St. Pete since 2010. Its the first time he advanced to the final Fast Six round of qualifying at this course in three years. It could bode well for Kanaan, who improved seven spots to finish fourth a year ago when he drove for KVSH Racing. "Its just qualifying. Youve still got to make it to turn one (Sunday)," Kanaan shrugged. "I think it has been like three years since I have been in the top six. It feels really good, I cant thank the Target Chip Ganassi Racing guys enough. A lot of people made a lot of comments over the years because we struggled so much in qualifying in street and road courses and nobody was counting on that. I like to be the element of surprise." Ryan Hunter-Reay was third and followed by Will Power, who had won the pole the last four years. Defending IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon was fifth and Marco Andretti rounded out the Fast Six. Juan Pablo Montoya failed to advance out of his group in his first qualifying session in IndyCar. He returned to open wheel this year to drive for Roger Penske after seven seasons in NASCAR with Chip Ganassi. Hell start 18th in the 22-car field. "The biggest problem for the (car) was the last corner, for some reason. I just couldnt come off that corner and get the car to turn," Montoya said. "Sato was in front of me and I would lose everything to him right there. It is what it is. I havent driven in wet conditions in a long time and we never had an opportunity to do it in testing. "I dont think were that far off. Im still getting acclimated. My team is still getting acclimated to me. If that process was complete we would be a lot better. We are definitely making progress." The qualifying session was delayed more than three hours because a heavy rainstorm drenched the course and forced the race promoter to clear the grandstands and ask fans to seek shelter in various locations around the temporary street circuit. Fans huddled inside the parking garage that serves as the garage for many teams, and at least 12 drivers passed the time by posing for a "selfie" photo similar to the star-studded one Ellen DeGeneres took at the Oscars. When the qualifying session did begin, the first group was slowed by several red flags. It infuriated Sebestien Bourdais, who replaced Kanaan at KVSH Racing and is hoping for a strong debut in his hometown race. But Bourdais waited late into the session to go out onto the course, and the red flags limited him to just one qualifying lap. Hell start 13th. "This is a joke," he grumbled. "If we are going to qualify, we at least have to have a fair shot, and we didnt. It wasnt much of a qualifying session. Because of the track conditions we waited to go out to make sure that we had room in case something happened, so everyone else got in a lap before the first red flag. "When we went back out I got one lap at speed before the second red flag. We were too conservative and I feel bad for the crew." Hirving Lozano Jersey . Yahoo! Sports columnist Marc Spears says that the Boogie Smooth album may have been an elaborate April Fools prank. Pablo Barrera Jersey . Brandon Morrow allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. He struck out two, walked one and hit a batter. Edwin Encarnacion had a two-out, bases loaded two-RBI double in the third inning.CALGARY, Alta. - Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Tuesday the 96 skaters who have been invited to attend Canadas national under-17 development camp, July 29 to Aug. 4 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary. The roster includes 36 defencemen and 60 forwards. The players invited to camp were selected by Ryan Jankowski, Hockey Canadas head scout of mens national teams, together with regional scouts Donald Audette (Quebec), Brad McEwen (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic) and Darryl Woodley (Ontario) with input from Hockey Canada regional branch representatives. Players were evaluated throughout the season with their club teams, and at three regional under-16 events: the Western Canada U16 Challenge, OHL Gold Cup and QMJHL Excellence Challenge. Sixteen under-17 goaltenders have been invited to the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence goaltending camp, June 11-14 in Calgary. From this camp, 12 netminders will be added to the under-17  development camp to complete the roster. The development camp will serve as part of Canadas new under-17 structurre, focusing on player development. Chicharito Jersey. Scouts will continue to watch these players, along with other 1998-born players across the country, and 66 will be selected to represent Canada at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, which is scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 8 in a yet-to-be-determined location. The tournament will be the first to feature three Canadian national teams (Black, Red and White). From 1986 to 2014, Canada was represented by five regional teams: Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec and West. "At Hockey Canada, we are very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead within our national teams with the changes we have instituted at the under-17 level," said Scott Salmond, senior director, hockey operations with Hockey Canada. "It is our intention to identify potential national team players at an earlier age and have them play together more often." All 96 skaters have been drafted or listed by CHL teams, including 35 from the Ontario Hockey League, 32 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 29 from the Western Hockey League. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
      February 5, 2018 11:07 PM MST
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