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Tony Kanaan on the Texas Indy 500k: "I'm going to Texas to celebrate my championship with everyone from Team 7-Eleven and Andretti Green Racing and want to try to help my teammate, Dan Wheldon, secure second place in the championship. I'm...

Tony Kanaan on the Texas Indy 500k:

"I'm going to Texas to celebrate my championship with everyone from Team 7-Eleven and Andretti Green Racing and want to try to help my teammate, Dan Wheldon, secure second place in the championship. I'm relaxed, focused and looking forward to doing my best."

Tony Kanaan Facts

Texas marks Kanaan's 33rd IndyCar Series start.

Kanaan clinched the IndyCar Series championship with a second-place finish at California on Oct. 3.

Kanaan has completed all 3,105 race laps run this season, making him the only IndyCar Series driver to have completed every lap. Kanaan needs to run seven more laps to set a new single-season IndyCar Series record for most laps completed in a season.

Kanaan is riding a string of 14 consecutive top-five finishes. Additionally, he has both started in the top 10 and recorded a top-10 finish in 14 of 15 outings in 2004.

Kanaan's 884 laps led this season are the most of any IndyCar Series driver and more than twice that of the next-highest lap leader. Teammates Wheldon (419) and Dario Franchitti (347) rank second and fourth, respectively. In leading 884 laps, Kanaan now holds the IndyCar Series record for most laps led in a season, having surpassed the previous mark of 812 by Tony Stewart (1996-97).

With 14 top-five finishes this season, Kanaan holds the IndyCar Series record for most top-five finishes in a season.

Kanaan ranks third among IndyCar Series career lap leaders, having led 1,244 laps.

Kanaan has four career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003 and 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004) and five IndyCar Series poles (Homestead 2003, Phoenix 2003, Pikes Peak 2003 and 2004, Michigan 2004).

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Texas Indy 500k:

"We have accomplished the goal of winning the championship and that pressure is off of us. But, we still have unmet personal goals to achieve. We'd like to finish every lap this season, get another victory and add another top-five finish to that string. Team 7-Eleven is preparing for this race just as they have the previous 15 events; just because one goal has been attained doesn't mean that there aren't more that we'd like to accomplish."

IndyCar Series Records Set by Andretti Green Racing in 2004

AGR entries have won a record eight of 15 IndyCar Series events this season.

Andretti Green entries swept the top three positions at Nazareth on Aug. 29 (Wheldon - 1st, Kanaan - 2nd, Dario Franchitti - 3rd); the first time in IndyCar Series history that one team has claimed all three podium positions.

Andretti Green Racing has had at least one car in the top five in 21 consecutive IndyCar Series events dating back to Aug. 10, 2003, which stands as an IndyCar Series record. Kanaan has led 884 laps, an IndyCar Series single-season mark.

The 578 points amassed by Kanaan in 2004 is the highest single-season total ever recorded by an IndyCar Series driver, breaking the old mark of 531, set by Sam Hornish Jr. in 2002 (15 races). Kanaan has recorded an IndyCar Series record 14 consecutive top-five finishes, which sets two new marks - one for most consecutive top fives and one for most top fives in a season.

Andretti Green Racing Team Facts

Kanaan's second-place finish at California clinched the IndyCar Series championship for AGR. AGR has led 1,717 of 3,105 total laps run in 2004 (55.3 percent).

Andretti Green drivers have led the IndyCar Series point standings for 14 consecutive events in 2004, dating to Phoenix (March 21).

Andretti Green Racing drivers occupy three of the top four spots among IndyCar Series lap leaders [Kanaan - 859 (1st), Wheldon - 419 (2nd), Franchitti - 347 (4th)].

AGR entries have been present on the front row of the IndyCar Series grid at 10 of 15 events this season.

AGR has placed two cars in the top five of an event 20 times, including 13 of the past 14 events this season.

Andretti Green Racing won all three night events on the 2004 IndyCar Series schedule (Kanaan - Texas, Nashville; Wheldon - Richmond).

AGR has won every IndyCar Series event in 2004 held at tracks shorter than 1.5 miles in length (Kanaan - Phoenix, Nashville; Wheldon - Richmond, Nazareth; Franchitti - Milwaukee, Pikes Peak).

Andretti Green drivers occupy the top two spots in the IndyCar Series point standings and three of the top six positions [Kanaan - 578 (1st), Wheldon - 498 (2nd), Franchitti - 394 (6th)].

Andretti Green won both the pole (Wheldon, March 20; Wheldon, April 16; Franchitti, June 10; Kanaan, Aug. 21) and race (Kanaan, March 21; Wheldon, April 17; Kanaan, June 12; Franchitti, Aug. 22) at Phoenix, Twin Ring Motegi, Texas and Pikes Peak.

All four Andretti Green entries have finished in the top 10 on four occasions this season (Kansas, Kentucky, Pikes Peak and Nazareth). When they did so at the Kansas event, it marked the first time since Sept. 15, 1996 (Las Vegas) that an IndyCar Series team accomplished that feat.

Andretti Green Racing has 10 wins and eight poles since joining the IndyCar Series in 2003. AGR entries have combined for 56 top-five finishes in 31 career IndyCar Series races.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Sam Hornish Jr.