IRL: Fontana: AGR, Tony Kanaan preview

Tony Kanaan on the California Indy 400: "California Speedway is the first oval I ever raced at; it's fast, wide and is where I won my first major championship, so I have good memories about Fontana and I want to win there really bad.

Tony Kanaan on the California Indy 400:

"California Speedway is the first oval I ever raced at; it's fast, wide and is where I won my first major championship, so I have good memories about Fontana and I want to win there really bad. Championship- wise, I want to keep my string of top-five finishes alive and make it 14 straight. I know that if I can get another top-five finish then I'll probably clinch the championship. But, I'd like to win the race."

Tony Kanaan Facts

California marks Kanaan's 32nd IndyCar Series start.

Kanaan enters the California event atop the IndyCar Series point standings with 538 points; he leads Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon by 75 points and Buddy Rice by 95 points.

Kanaan has completed all 2,905 race laps run this season, making him the only IndyCar Series driver to have completed every lap.

Kanaan is the only IndyCar Series driver to have both started in the top 10 and recorded a top-10 finish in all 14 outings in 2004. Additionally, he is riding a string of 13 consecutive top-five finishes.

Kanaan's 859 laps led this season are the most of any IndyCar Series driver and more than twice that of the next-highest lap leader. Teammates Wheldon (415) and Dario Franchitti (347) rank second and third, respectively. In leading 859 laps, Kanaan now holds the IndyCar Series record for most laps led in a season, having surpassed the previous mark of 812 by Tony Stewart (1996-97).

With 13 top-five finishes this season, Kanaan now holds the IndyCar Series record for most top-five finishes in a season.

Kanaan ranks third among IndyCar Series career lap leaders, having led 1,200 laps.

Kanaan has four career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003 and 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004) and five IndyCar Series poles (Homestead 2003, Phoenix 2003, Pikes Peak 2003, Michigan 2004 and Pikes Peak 2004).

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the California Indy 400:

"Our preparation and our goals remain the same; to give Tony the best tools we can to win the race. After that, it's up to him. We can't allow ourselves to become complacent because that's when mistakes happen. Everything that's got us to this point has to continue."

-AGR-

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