IRL: Kentucky: Tony Kanaan race report

KANAAN SUFFERS SUSPENSION FAILURE AT KENTUCKY SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan had one of the fastest cars on the track until suffering a suspension failure on lap 99, relegating him to a 20th-place finish Sunday ...

KANAAN SUFFERS SUSPENSION FAILURE AT KENTUCKY

SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan had one of the fastest cars on the track until suffering a suspension failure on lap 99, relegating him to a 20th-place finish Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

Kanaan started the event from fifth place and rocketed into second by the first turn. He kept the Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone in either first or second place until the suspension failure occurred as he entered turn two on the bumpy Kentucky track. He managed to keep the car off the wall before driving back to his pit box.

Scott Sharp earned his first victory of the season, with Vitor Meira second, Dan Wheldon was third, followed by Alex Barron in fourth and Helio Castroneves fifth.

Through 12 events, Kanaan remains third in the driver point standings with 350 points, 105 shy of leader Wheldon and 15 points shy of second place.

Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams will now look towards the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 21. 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: "Something in the rear suspension broke and it's just unfortunate. I was very lucky that I didn't hit the wall; it seemed like I had my hands full for 15 seconds trying to hold the car. The Team 7-Eleven crew was doing a great job in the pits; they were getting me in and out up front every time. It's just unfortunate for us."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing: "Tony was driving a great race, pacing himself really, really well, and the crew was giving him great pit stops. It's very disappointing to drop out on a reliability issue. We're a much better team than that and we've got to fix those things. You don't win championships by not finishing races, but we'll get that fixed. I'm very proud of everybody today. They worked hard in what were very difficult conditions at a very, very bumpy race track. It was very hard on equipment."

-AGR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Kim Green , Vitor Meira