IRL: Watkins Glen: Tony Kanaan race report

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Takes Runner-Up Finish at The Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Sept. 25, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan started fifth, bolted to second on the opening lap of the race and drove to a second-place finish Sunday ...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Takes Runner-Up Finish at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Sept. 25, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan started fifth, bolted to second on the opening lap of the race and drove to a second-place finish Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International.

Kanaan, who entered the race as the only Andretti Green driver to start all the road course events from within the first three rows, employed a two-stop strategy with the rest of the leaders and was only relegated out of the top three during the staggered pit sequences. Kanaan and ArcaEx teammate Dario Franchitti tried to chase down and pressure eventual winner Scott Dixon, but were forced to settle for "podium" finishes in the IndyCar Series' final road course event of 2005.

Rounding out the top five were Giorgio Pantano and Klein Tools/Jim Beam teammate Dan Wheldon, who officially clinched the 2005 IndyCar Series title on Sunday.

With just one race remaining on the 2005 schedule, Kanaan maintains a 26-point lead over Sam Hornish Jr. in the battle for second in the driver point standings.

Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams will now look towards the IndyCar Series season- ending California Indy 400 at California Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 16. 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:

"I had a lot of fun out there today. I'm happy that we did so well on the road courses this year in the Team 7-Eleven car, but I'm sad that we don't get to do it again for a while. I'm happy for Dan to finally be able to celebrate the championship and I'm glad that we put on another good show."

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

"Obviously we would have liked to have won today, but we were a little bit behind the eight ball because we were down a test day to the other engine teams. So, we were still searching right up until the race. I think the best car won today but the Team 7-Eleven guys did a great job. It was just a fantastic team effort all year. Dan winning the championship is a huge load off of everyone's mind, so now we can go onto Fontana and wrap up second and third in the championship."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Jim Beam