CHAMPCAR/CART: Drive-Thru Crew Milwaukee Pre-Race Notes

Drive-Thru Crew News Miller Lite 225 The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin June 4-6, 1999 Circuit: 1.032-mile oval Race: 225 laps/232.2 miles Broadcast: Sunday, June 6 - ABC-TV 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST (Tape Delay) Tony Kanaan, ...

Drive-Thru Crew News Miller Lite 225 The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin June 4-6, 1999

Circuit: 1.032-mile oval Race: 225 laps/232.2 miles Broadcast: Sunday, June 6 - ABC-TV 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST (Tape Delay)

Tony Kanaan, #44 McDonald's Honda-Reynard:

-25th career start in his second season of Champ Car competition -Currently 10th in the PPG Cup point standings -Has three top-10 finishes to date this season - Motegi (6th), Rio (5th) and St. Louis (7th) -Claimed first career pole at Long Beach this year, and led the first laps (44) of his career -Career best oval starting positions were third at Rio and St. Louis in 1998 -Best oval starting position in 1999 was seventh in Rio -Career best oval finish was fifth at Rio in 1999 -Career best finishes were third-place at Laguna Seca and Houston in 1998 -1998 CART Rookie of the Year -Finished ninth in the PPG Cup point standings last year -Finished in the points in 11 events last year, more than any series rookie since Nigel Mansell scored in 13 races in 1993 -1997 PPG-Firestone Indy Lights Champion and 1996 runner-up

Tony Kanaan - At-A-Glance:

-24 years old from Salvador, Brazil -Resides in Aventura, Florida with his golden retriever Duke -Collects wristwatches and has over 45 in his collection -Began racing career building kart chassis in exchange for seat time -Pals Rubens Barrichello and Ricardo Zonta will be his guests at the race this weekend

Tony Kanaan - Thoughts on Milwaukee:

"Last year, I started last at Milwaukee -- 26th. I finished 17th. Milwaukee is our most difficult race of the year. I really, really want to do well this weekend. It is very important to me. We had a reasonable test there a few weeks ago, and I think we will be more competitive. Maybe we can tame Milwaukee this year.

"In 1997, I was seventh in the Indy Lights points standings going into the Milwaukee weekend. I started fifth, finished third and was never off the podium the next six races. And I won the championship. Maybe this weekend will be lucky again."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , Ricardo Zonta , Tony Kanaan , Nigel Mansell