CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Kaanan Mid-Ohio Preview

Drive-Thru Crew News Miller Lite 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio August 13-15, 1999 Circuit: 2.258-mile permanent road course Race: 83 laps/186.446 miles Broadcast: Sunday, August 15 - ESPN 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST (Tape ...

Drive-Thru Crew News Miller Lite 200 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio August 13-15, 1999

Circuit: 2.258-mile permanent road course Race: 83 laps/186.446 miles Broadcast: Sunday, August 15 - ESPN 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST (Tape Delay)

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

-32nd career start in his second season of Champ Car competition -Currently 10th in the PPG Cup point standings with 62 points -Claimed first career Champ Car win at Michigan Speedway last month -Claimed first career pole position at Long Beach this year -Second appearance at Mid-Ohio -Finished 8th at Mid-Ohio last year after starting 18th -Best road/street circuit finishes were third at Laguna Seca and Houston in 1998 -Has six top-10 finishes to date -- Motegi (6th), Rio (5th), St. Louis (7th), Elkhart Lake (6th), Michigan (1st) and Detroit (6th) -1998 CART Rookie of the Year -Finished ninth in the PPG Cup point standings last year -1997 PPG-Firestone Indy Lights champion and 1996 runner-up

Tony Kanaan - Thoughts on Mid-Ohio:

"I am excited about Mid-Ohio. We had a couple of very good tests there, and I believe we have a competitive car. The Mid-Ohio track is a fun track but very tough. This is a track where you really have to drive. It comes down to you as much as the car. People show their skills there for sure. It is one of the most difficult physically, and one of my favorites. This is also an important weekend for the team because it is our hometown race, and for Honda as well because of the Marysville plant. The team has never won this race, and it would be great to bring it home for them. I tasted a Champ Car win once and it feels good. Now I would like to do it a little bit more often!"

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 -Former rollerblade instructor who includes rollerblading in his fitness routine -Race day superstitions include putting his right shoe on first, getting in the car from the left side and wearing a special pair of lucky underwear

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