Pit Incident Sends Kanaan to 15th Place at Kansas in Team 7-Eleven Machine KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 29, 2007) -- Tony Kanaan, driver of the ...
Pit Incident Sends Kanaan to 15th Place at Kansas in Team 7-Eleven Machine
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 29, 2007) -- Tony Kanaan, driver of the #11 Team 7-Eleven car, suffered damage to his car during an early pit lane incident and finished 15th at Sunday's running of the Kansas Lottery Indy 300. Kanaan stands fifth in the IndyCar Series driver championship with 13 races remaining.
Starting from the pole position, Kanaan was fine-tuning the Team 7-Eleven car during the first stint of the race while dealing with a slight understeer condition. While in second place and under green-flag racing conditions, Kanaan was entering the Team 7-Eleven pit box for his initial stop on lap 49 and was hit by the Motorola car driven by Danica Patrick as she exited the pits. Kanaan spent several laps in the pit box for repairs to the inside front of his car before returning to the race.
Dan Wheldon collected the victory at Kansas Speedway and was followed across the line by Canadian Club driver Dario Franchitti. Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tomas Scheckter rounded out the top five.
The IndyCar Series returns to action on Sunday, May 27, for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500. ABC Sports will provide live coverage of the race beginning at 12 p.m. (EDT). ESPN2 and ABC will share coverage of Pole Day from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 12 p.m. (EDT).
Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"This is an extremely disappointing day. The Team 7-Eleven car was capable of winning."
George Klotz, Race Strategist, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I don't know what to say. It is definitely unfortunate. Tony is mad and I feel bad for Danica too. It is just something that happened. Team 7-Eleven has found some speed so we'll go to Indianapolis and hopefully give Tony a car to win with."