Tony Kanaan and his brand new ...
Tony Kanaan and his brand new #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Lola saw a great start go all for naught as he retired 92 laps into today's Miller Lite 250 with an oil leak. Kanaan started eighth but picked up four spots on the very first lap. He held the fourth position until Lap 43, when Shinji Nakano, then running second, retired with a mechanical problem, moving Kanaan up to third. Kanaan pitted for the first time for tires and fuel under yellow on Lap 65 and resumed in third place. He was still running third when the car began leaking oil on Lap 92.
Kanaan and the team head west for the next two events, beginning with next weekend's Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, Calif. It will be Round Five on the 20-event CART calendar for 2002. They'll wind up the brief West-Coast swing in Portland, Ore., June 16.
"We had a really great start and it put us in a good position, if all would have gone smoothly, to fight for the win or at least a podium finish. I really wanted a good start because it's very difficult to pass here, and we got it. The car wasn't great. Hey, it's got only about 170 miles on it, so we weren't expecting miracles. But we were running lap times as fast as the leaders, so I guess everyone was in the same boat. It's a shame to leave another race without any points. Four races and four DNFs. We've got to turn this thing around if we want any chance at all at any kind of championship. The guys did such a great job getting this new Lola ready for me this weekend, I feel really bad for them. But in a lot of ways, we had our good moments, too, this weekend. It can only get better from here."