IRL: Chicagoland: Tony Kanaan race report

KANAAN TAKES FIFTH-PLACE FINISH AT CHICAGOLAND JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 11, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove to a fifth-place finish Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at ...

KANAAN TAKES FIFTH-PLACE FINISH AT CHICAGOLAND

JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 11, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove to a fifth-place finish Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kanaan, who started the event from 12th place, paced the event for 46 laps in the Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone. Lying fourth on a late-race restart, Kanaan was blocked and pushed down to the white line by the car of Danica Patrick, forcing him back several spots in the field as his momentum was cut. He managed to climb back up to fifth place by the time the checkered flag fell.

Teammate Dan Wheldon earned his sixth win of the season. Helio Castroneves was second, Sam Hornish Jr. finished third and Tomas Scheckter was fourth.

Through 16 events, AGR holds the top-two positions in the championship with Kanaan second only to Wheldon (570-468). Two events remain on the 2005 schedule.

Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams will now look towards the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, Sept. 25. The event will be televised live by ABC, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT). It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers on Extreme XM, channel 152.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"I'm not very happy with the way the race ended. Danica jumped the start and put me down on the apron. I don't know what she was doing. First, you don't jump the start and secondly you don't pinch people down like that. I don't know how I didn't crash, but Team 7-Eleven deserved a better finish than what we got."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"Tony drove a great race. We obviously didn't qualify very well but we had a good race car and he made his way to the front in typical 'Tony' fashion and did an awesome job. I think perhaps we should have made a pit stop when we elected to stay out. In the end, that possibly was the difference, but we had a teammate with a very fast car, there were a lot of fast cars, and we got a very nasty block on a restart late in the race from one of the Rahal cars. That really lost Tony's momentum and cost him a couple of spots. I'm very happy for the team, overall, but disappointed for Tony. He had a car that would have been nice to see run at the front and pressure his teammate for the championship."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Kim Green , Danica Patrick