Tony Kanaan's bid for his fourth career podium finish and the first for first-year Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing ended on Lap 146 of today's 225-lap Target Grand Prix of Chicago with a gearbox failure. Kanaan and his ...
Tony Kanaan's bid for his fourth career podium finish and the first for first-year Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing ended on Lap 146 of today's 225-lap Target Grand Prix of Chicago with a gearbox failure. Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard were running third at the time, the same position for which he qualified on Saturday. Kanaan reported losing fifth gear on Lap 142, and by Lap 146, the entire gearbox went away and he coasted to a stop on the front straightaway of the 1-mile Chicago Motor Speedway oval.
The CART FedEx Championship Series takes next weekend off before resuming with back-to-back events at Mid-Ohio (Aug. 13) and Road America (Aug. 20), Rounds 13 and 14 of the year. The team will test later this week -- Thursday and Friday -- at Sebring, Fla.
"It was great while it lasted. We lost fifth gear a few laps before, and then I lost them all. It's really unfortunate because we were running really well. The guys were working hard. We had two great pit stops. It was looking like it was going to be a great day. I'm really upset. Luck just isn't on our side right now. But we'll turn that around. I'm sure of it. That's the way it goes in racing. We showed up this weekend, that's for sure. We showed people that we can do it. All we need is a little luck."