Tony Kanaan on the Firestone Indy 200: "Racing at Nashville is always very interesting. The surface is very bumpy, plus it's the only concrete track we race on, so it's very different from any place else that we run. Team 7-Eleven won at...
Tony Kanaan on the Firestone Indy 200:
"Racing at Nashville is always very interesting. The surface is very bumpy, plus it's the only concrete track we race on, so it's very different from any place else that we run. Team 7-Eleven won at Nashville in 2004 and I have the unique guitar in my trophy case. It's one of my favorite trophies and I would very much like to add another one to the collection."
Tony Kanaan Facts
The Firestone Indy 200 marks Kanaan's 59th career IndyCar Series start.
Kanaan earned his 40th career top-five finish with his fifth-place effort at Kansas.
Kanaan won the 2004 Firestone Indy 200 en route to winning the 2004 IndyCar Series championship.
He stands sixth in the driver's point standings with 206 points, 21 shy of fifth place.
Kanaan has led 149 laps at Nashville Superspeedway (75 in 2005, 19 in 2004 and 55 in 2003).
Kanaan both qualified and finished fifth in the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan qualified on the pole position for the 2005 Indianapolis 500.
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 Firestone Indy 200:
"The team tested at Nashville with Tony, Marco Andretti and Pro Series driver Jaime Camara and that gave us an idea of what type of balance we could expect when we return for the race weekend. The weekend is very compressed with practice, qualifying and warm-up on the same day, so we will be focusing on the race balance for the Team 7-Eleven car. The Nashville track is concrete and can be very abrasive on the tires so having a consistent car over the entire fuel run is important. The track is a bit bumpier than some of the other circuits so our mechanical setup needs to be optimized as well as finding the right downforce level for the race. As always, racing at night is a challenge with the ever-changing conditions."