KANAAN EARNS THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT PIKES PEAK FOUNTAIN, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan didn't have the fastest car on the track, but the Team 7-Eleven machine was racy enough for Kanaan to come home in third ...
KANAAN EARNS THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT PIKES PEAK
FOUNTAIN, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan didn't have the fastest car on the track, but the Team 7-Eleven machine was racy enough for Kanaan to come home in third place Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway.
Kanaan started the event from sixth place and kept the Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone among the top-four competitors throughout the event. He raced side-by-side with eventual second-place finisher Sam Hornish Jr. over the final laps, with Hornish just crossing the line ahead of Kanaan.
Dan Wheldon earned his fifth victory of the season with Hornish second, Kanaan third, Helio Castroneves in fourth and Vitro Meira fifth.
Through 13 events, Kanaan remains third in the driver point standings with 385 points, 125 shy of leader Wheldon and 23 points shy of second place.
Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams will now look towards the Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 28. The event will be televised live by ESPN, 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:
"Dan did a great job today, he drove like a champion and hats off to him. Now its our job to clinch second in the championship for Team 7-Eleven. Our other plan was to clinch the manufacturer's championship for Honda and we accomplished that, also. I knew that we didn't have the car to win the race, but we had a good enough car to finish as high as second. I had a good battle with Sam and we raced hard over the final laps; it was fun racing like that."
Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:
"We knew it was going to be a tough day today, there were a lot of fast cars and it's a very fast 1- mile oval. Tony did a great job; he spent a lot of time at full-throttle, was up front all day and in the end we thought we had something to maybe get second place. He put a lot of pressure on Sam and almost got it done. Team 7-Eleven did a good job getting Tony in and out of the pits today to help us gain solid points for the championship"