Tony Kanaan and his ...
Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard retired on Lap 180 of today's Michigan 500 with electrical problems, the same fate encountered on the same lap by his teammate Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard.
Kanaan, who started fifth, was running third when he began experiencing a misfire and pitted on Lap 151 for a new battery. He pitted several more times as the crew attempted to remedy the problem, preliminarily diagnosed as an alternator failure. He coasted into the pits on Lap 180, now six laps behind the leaders, and was forced to call it a day.
The next race on the schedule is next weekend's Target Grand Prix (July 27-29) at Chicago Motor Speedway, Round 12 of the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series for 2001.
"It's really a shame what happened because I definitely had a car that could have won the race. I was playing with the guys at the front all race long. But then we developed the problem and that was the end of it. Hey, I think we're knocking on the door of our first win as a team, so we have to keep our heads up and not let up."