Drive-Thru Crew News Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota California Speedway - Fontana, California October 29-31, 1999 Circuit: 2-mile superspeedway Race: 250 laps/500 miles Broadcast: Sunday, October 31 - ESPN Live 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST Tony...
Drive-Thru Crew News Marlboro 500 Presented by Toyota California Speedway - Fontana, California October 29-31, 1999
Circuit: 2-mile superspeedway Race: 250 laps/500 miles Broadcast: Sunday, October 31 - ESPN Live 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
Tony Kanaan, #44 McDonald's Honda-Reynard:
- 38th career start in his second season of Champ Car competition - Currently 12th in the PPG Cup point standings with 80 points - Started 23rd at Fontana last year, and finished 19th after a wheel bearing problem - Claimed first Champ Car win at Michigan Speedway this year - Claimed first Champ Car pole position at Long Beach this year - Career best superspeedway start was 11th at Michigan Speedway this year - Career best oval start was third at Rio and St. Louis in 1998 - Has nine top-10 finishes to date this season -- Motegi (6th), Rio (5th), St. Louis (7th), Elkhart Lake (6th), Michigan (1st), Detroit (6th), Vancouver (9th), Houston (9th) and Australia (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 on Fontana:
"I'm pretty excited about this weekend. My first win was on a superspeedway, and I think we will again have a competitive car. I believe we can do very well, and we have a chance to finish in the top 10 in points with a good result. It would be a great way to end the season.
"I am also looking forward to CARA's Runway Madness event on Friday. I've got my Hamburglar costume ready. It's fun, and raises a lot of money for charity."
Tony Kanaan - At-A-Glance:
- 24 years old from Salvador, Brazil - Resides in Aventura, Florida - Speaks Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and English - Former rollerblade instructor who includes rollerblading in his fitness routine - Collects watches and has over 50 in his collection - Holds eight championship titles -- six karting championships, the 1994 Italian Formula Alfa-Boxer Championship and the 1997 Indy Lights championship