IRL: Sears Point: Tony Kanaan race report

KANAAN PATIENTLY TAKES VICTORY AT INFINEON RACEWAY SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan raced when he could and conserved fuel when he had to. The result was a victory Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing ...

KANAAN PATIENTLY TAKES VICTORY AT INFINEON RACEWAY

SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan raced when he could and conserved fuel when he had to. The result was a victory Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway.

Kanaan started the event from third place and kept the Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone among the leaders throughout the event. He avoided several incidents which took out competitors around him, conserved enough fuel to finish the race on just two pit stops, and raced home to a 1.18 second win over Buddy Rice.

The victory was Kanaan's second win of the season. Alex Barron finished third, Patrick Carpentier was fourth and Tomas Enge placed fifth.

Through 14 events, Kanaan climbs into second place in the driver point standings with 438 points, 79 shy of leader Wheldon.

Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams will now look towards the Chicagoland Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 11. The event will be televised live by ABC, beginning at 1:30 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:

"We raced smart today. People were racing so hard up front while I stayed calm and saved a lot of fuel. The Team 7-Eleven car was very consistent and I knew if I stayed calm we would win the race. The team did a great job and this is just awesome to win the IRL's first road race."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"The Team 7-Eleven crew had awesome pit stops, the car was great and Tony was very patient. It was a race of patience today. We were able to do the race in two pit stops, thanks to Tony's patience and great fuel strategy and management by the engineers. It was just a great all-around effort by the team."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Enge , Patrick Carpentier , Tony Kanaan , Alex Barron , Buddy Rice , Kim Green