IRL: Nashville: Tony Kanaan preview

Team 7-Eleven Driver Tony Kanaan Tony Kanaan on the Firestone Indy 200: "It's always a good feeling to come off of a victory and head into an event where you are the defending champion. We'll be looking to carry some momentum into Nashville and...

Team 7-Eleven Driver Tony Kanaan

Tony Kanaan on the Firestone Indy 200: "It's always a good feeling to come off of a victory and head into an event where you are the defending champion. We'll be looking to carry some momentum into Nashville and use that race to get Team 7-Eleven closer to Dan (Wheldon) in the point's race."

Tony Kanaan Facts The Firestone Indy 200 marks Kanaan's 42nd career IndyCar Series start. Kanaan has five top-three finishes in 2005 and seven 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 Firestone Indy 200 second on the IndyCar Series driver points chart with 259 points, trailing only Klein Tools/Jim Beam teammate Dan Wheldon. Kanaan qualified on the pole position for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500. Kanaan has led 140 laps during the 2005 IndyCar Series season, including 126 over the past four events (54 at the Indianapolis 500, 62 at Texas, 10 at Kansas). 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 Firestone Indy 200: "Nashville is a combination of a 1-mile short oval and a 1.5-mile superspeedway and we'll run the same aero package as we did at Kansas. With the track surface being concrete, it is a bit rougher compared to Kansas. Those factors make it very challenging to optimize mechanical grip and find the right downforce package for the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam