CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan day at Fontana ends early

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard encountered an unfortunate end to their inaugural season together when Kanaan coasted to a stop along the front straightaway with a mechanical failure on Lap 88 of a scheduled 250 in today's 500-mile event at California Speedway. Kanaan had just moved into second place and was chasing then-leader Max Papis when he lost power. He qualified 12th for the race, which was originally scheduled for Sunday but was red-flagged due to rain. Kanaan was in seventh at the restart, and gradually moved toward the front. It was the last race for Mercedes-Benz, which announced earlier this season that it is leaving the CART FedEx Championship Series.

Next up for Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing, after an off-season of testing, is the 2001 season opener at a brand new road course facility in Monterrey, Mexico. The team will formally announce its 2001 racing package shortly.

TONY KANAAN
"Well, I was trying to do what I promised I would do and that is to send Mercedes off with a win. I was really excited because I had a very good car, and Mercedes has been really good to me and the team all year long, so they really deserved a good send-off. Unfortunately, I couldn't be the one to do it. The year's over. It's been a tremendous experience for all of us, and it's only the beginning because we're in this for the long haul. I really enjoy working with Morris and everybody here. It's probably every driver's dream up and down the pit lane to work with Morris. I can't wait to start testing for next year."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Tony Kanaan , Mo Nunn