IRL: Kentucky: Tony Kanaan preview

Tony Kanaan on the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300: "The Team 7-Eleven car has been very strong on the 1.5-mile ovals this year; we finished third at both Homestead and Texas and won at Kansas. We are going to Kentucky with the idea of ...

Tony Kanaan on the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300:

"The Team 7-Eleven car has been very strong on the 1.5-mile ovals this year; we finished third at both Homestead and Texas and won at Kansas. We are going to Kentucky with the idea of having another victory lane celebration."

Tony Kanaan Facts

* The AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 marks Kanaan's 45th career IndyCar Series start.

* Kanaan has six top-three finishes in 2005 and nine top-10 finishes this season. His best efforts thus far are a victory at Kansas (July 3) and a second-place finish at St. Petersburg (April 3).

* Kanaan enters the Amber Alert Portal Indy 300 ranked third on the IndyCar Series driver points chart with 338 points, just one point shy of second place and 79 points behind leader Dan Wheldon.

* Kanaan qualified on the pole position for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.

* Kanaan has led 239 laps during the 2005 IndyCar Series season, including 75 at Nashville, 62 at Texas, 54 at the Indianapolis 500 and 24 at Michigan.

* Kanaan registered an IndyCar Series record string of 18-consecutive top-five finishes, dating from the second race of the 2004 season through the third event of the 2005 campaign.

* 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 five career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003, 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004, Kansas 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 AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300:

"Each time we show up at a track we expect a strong performance from the Team 7-Eleven car. Kentucky is a challenge because it is a bit rougher than some of the other 1.5-mile tracks, and therefore, mechanical grip becomes as important as fine-tuning the aero configuration."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon