INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack started his comeback in a big way Saturday, qualifying for the May 29 race with a faster speed than pole sitter Tony Kanaan.
When the 39-year-old Swede stepped out of his car following a four-lap, 10-mile qualifying effort of 227.598 mph, defending 500 winner Buddy Rice -- the man he replaced in the cockpit of the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Racing entry -- was waiting there to give Brack a big hug.
But Brack, coming back from serious injuries in a crash at Texas Motor Speedway in October 2003, will have to settle for starting 23rd in the 33-car field for the Memorial Day weekend race after missing the opening day of qualifications last week.
"I don't think the starting position will make a difference," Brack said. "I think having a good race car is what matters. I am just relieved we're in the field, and I'm also glad for the team."