IRL: Michigan: AGR, Kanaan race report

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 1, 2004) -Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan definitely had the fastest car Sunday in the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar® Series Michigan Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Unfortunately, despite dominating the ...

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 1, 2004) -Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan definitely had the fastest car Sunday in the Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar® Series Michigan Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Unfortunately, despite dominating the first 189 laps, he was to finish in second place.

Buddy Rice took the victory, followed by Kanaan in second and Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon in third place.

Kanaan, who qualified on the pole for the event, put the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone into the lead at the drop of the green flag and absolutely dominated the event, as the IRL IndyCar Series points leader led 184 of the first 190 laps of the event. However, a caution period on lap 156 was to dictate Kanaan's chance for victory.

When the field pitted for fuel and tires on lap 158, the race turned from being that of the 'fastest car to the finish,' to one of fuel economy.

When the field went green on lap 162, Kanaan maintained his lead, avoiding the dicing which took place as drivers jostled for position behind him. Responding to team orders, Kanaan maintained his pace while conserving precious fuel. Rice passed for the lead on lap 190, with Kanaan falling into second place. A last lap charge for the lead fell short by less than a car length.

Despite finishing second, Kanaan maintains a 57-point advantage over Rice in the IndyCar Series points standings.

Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams return to action August 15 at Kentucky Speedway for the Belterra Casino Indy 300. The event will be televised live by ABC Sports, beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"I had a very strong car. I led over 180 laps and didn't win the race, so that hurts. I was told to conserve fuel, so I did. As a result, I couldn't battle for the win. But, I am a team player and am a part of this team. I had the strongest car and finished second; I guess that makes up for my not having the best car and winning at Nashville. It hurts right now, but I know that after a couple hours, I'll be over it and ready to look towards another opportunity."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"The best car definitely did not win today's race. Team 7-Eleven had the fastest car and provided excellent pit stops and support for Tony. Unfortunately, a caution period turned the race into a fuel economy run. While it is unfortunate that we finished second, Tony still has the lead in the points standings and we can look forward to going to Kentucky and aiming for another victory."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Kim Green , Jim Beam