Drive-Thru Crew News Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit The Raceway on Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan August 6-8, 1999 Circuit: 2.346-mile temporary street course Race: 75 laps/175.95 miles Broadcast: Sunday, August 8 - ABC 4:00 pm - 6:00...
Drive-Thru Crew News Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit The Raceway on Belle Isle Detroit, Michigan August 6-8, 1999
Circuit: 2.346-mile temporary street course Race: 75 laps/175.95 miles Broadcast: Sunday, August 8 - ABC 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST (Tape Delay)
Tony Kanaan, #44 McDonald's Honda-Reynard:
-31st career start in his second season of Champ Car competition -Currently 10th in the PPG Cup point standings -Claimed first career Champ Car win at Michigan Speedway two weeks ago -Claimed first career pole position at Long Beach this year -Started sixth at Detroit last year and finished eighth -Won the 1996 and 1997 Indy Lights races at Detroit -Best road/street circuit finishes were third at Laguna Seca and Houston in 1998 -Has five top-10 finishes to date -- Motegi (6th), Rio (5th), St. Louis (7th), Elkhart Lake (6th) and Michigan (1st) -1998 CART Rookie of the Year -Finished ninth in the PPG Cup point standings last year -1997 PPG-Firestone Indy Lights champion and 1996 runner-up
Tony Kanaan - Thoughts on Detroit:
"I am looking forward to going back to Detroit. I had a lot of success there in Indy Lights in 1996 and 1997, and had a strong run in both qualifying and the race last year. It's one of my favorite circuits, and we have a good setup for the street courses. I am going to Detroit with the same frame of mind that I went to Michigan -- to give 100 percent and hope that pays off on the track."
Tony Kanaan - At-A-Glance:
-24 years old from Salvador, Brazil -Resides in Aventura, Florida with his golden retriever Duke -Collects wristwatches and has over 45 in his collection -Former rollerblade instructor who includes rollerblading in his fitness routine -Race day superstitions include putting his right shoe on first, getting in the car from the left side and wearing a special pair of lucky underwear -Loves gorillas, and has a stuffed animal collection of gorillas in his locker at the team race transporter