IRL: Pikes Peak: Tony Kanaan preview

Tony Kanaan on the Honda Indy 225: "Pikes Peak is our last 1-mile oval of the season and will be our last chance to win on this type of track. Team 7-Eleven usually has a very good car on the short ovals. After my 'DNF' at Kentucky,...

Tony Kanaan on the Honda Indy 225:

"Pikes Peak is our last 1-mile oval of the season and will be our last chance to win on this type of track. Team 7-Eleven usually has a very good car on the short ovals. After my 'DNF' at Kentucky, I'm very motivated to get back into victory lane at Pikes Peak."

Tony Kanaan Facts

The Honda Indy 225 marks Kanaan's 46th 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 Honda Indy 225 ranked third on the IndyCar Series driver points chart with 350 points, 15 points shy of second place and 105 points behind leader Dan Wheldon.

Kanaan currently ranks third (tied with Helio Castroneves) among IndyCar Series career lap leaders. In 2005, he has led 264 laps, including 75 at Nashville, 62 at Texas, 54 at the Indianapolis 500, 25 at Kentucky and 24 at Michigan.

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

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, 2004, Michigan 2004, Indianapolis 2005).

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Honda Indy 225:

"Team 7-Eleven has started from pole at Pikes Peak the last two years but hasn't managed to win the race, so we plan on correcting that this weekend. This track is very fast so the trick is finding consistent mechanical grip while running as little downforce as possible in the race. We have learned valuable lessons from our teammates regarding what we need for the race and I expect all four AGR cars to be running for the pole and the win."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon