CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston Kanaan race notes

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard finished 10th -- right where they started -- in today's Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston, but not without a valiant bid for a podium finish. Pit strategy failed to pay off for Kanaan, who first pitted for fuel and tires on Lap 43 of today's 100-lap event on the downtown streets of Houston. He climbed to fourth place with a nifty pass of Paul Tracy on Lap 68. Then, Kanaan opted to pit during a caution period on Lap 75, falling back to 13th. He made it back up to eighth by Lap 81, but lost ground in the closing laps to finish 10th. It was Kanaan's fifth top-10 finish of the year and the team's sixth. He also recorded the third-fastest lap of the race, surpassed only by Michael Andretti and Gil de Ferran. De Ferran finished third, behind race-winner Jimmy Vasser and Vasser's teammate, Juan Montoya.

The next stop on the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series tour for 2000 is the Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise, Australia, on two weeks.

TONY KANAAN

"I was having fun when I was running up front. That's the best part of racing. The frustrating part is having your strategy not quite work out. We had to gamble, and we just got caught out on a yellow during the first round of stops. We made up ground after that, decided to pit early for the second stop, and then we couldn't move back to the front. Oh well. That's the way it works sometimes. We had our moments. Once again, we ran one of the fastest laps of the race, so this car and this team definitely have potential, like we've shown all year. But we're still searching for that perfect race weekend. Hopefully that will come when we head Down Under in two weeks."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Tony Kanaan , Mo Nunn