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Team 7-Eleven Driver Tony Kanaan Tony Kanaan on the Indianapolis 500: "The Indianapolis 500 is the one race everyone in the world knows about. I know what its like to have the feeling of winning a championship, so now I'd like to experience the...

Team 7-Eleven Driver Tony Kanaan

Tony Kanaan on the Indianapolis 500:
"The Indianapolis 500 is the one race everyone in the world knows about. I know what its like to have the feeling of winning a championship, so now I'd like to experience the feeling of winning the biggest race in the world. Last year I had my two weeks of fame from having the pole position at Indy but it would be so much better to win the race in the #11 Team 7-Eleven car and be famous for a lifetime."

Tony Kanaan Facts
Kanaan qualified in the middle of the second row (fifth) for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500.

In five Indy appearances, Kanaan has qualified no worse than fifth.

Kanaan qualified on the pole position for the 2005 Indianapolis 500.

Over the past three years, Kanaan has finished eighth (2005), second (2004) and third (2003) at Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis 500 marks Kanaan's 54th career IndyCar Series start.

Kanaan has recorded two third-place finishes in 2006, those coming at St. Petersburg and at Motegi.

Kanaan finished the 2005 season ranked second on the IndyCar Series driver points chart with 548 points, 80 points behind the series champion.

Kanaan also set an IndyCar Series record with 25 consecutive races finished, having completed 25 consecutive events dating from the 14th race of the 2003 season (Chicagoland, Sept. 7) through the sixth event of the 2005 campaign (Texas, June 11).

Kanaan has six career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003, 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004, Kansas 2005, Infineon 2005) and six IndyCar Series poles (Homestead 2003, Phoenix 2003, Pikes Peak 2003 and 2004, Michigan 2004, Indianapolis 2005).

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Indianapolis 500:
"We are happier with the direction that we have taken with the #11 Team 7-Eleven car setup prior to qualifying. Having our track time limited by weather in the prior week was frustrating and sitting in the garage did not help us sort out a car that needed more speed. The speed we found just prior to pole day has translated to our race day setup, so we are looking forward to making a strong run in this year's Indy 500."

-AGR-

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