CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston Tony Kanaan race notes

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished 12th in today's Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston. Kanaan started 10th, lost a position to Roberto Moreno on Lap 3 of today's 100-lap event, and stayed in 11th through the first round of pit stops under the first caution period of the day on Lap 40. He quickly moved back to 10th place before pitting again under yellow on Lap 52 for a top-off of fuel that would enable him to go the distance. He rejoined the race in 14th place, climbed back to 10th by Lap 94, but lost two spots in the closing laps Kanaan picked up a championship point with his 12th-place finish, bringing his total to 78 on the year and keeping him in ninth place in the standings.

His new teammate Casey Mears, in the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard, started 25th and finished 17th today, two laps off the pace. Mears also pitted for the first time under yellow on Lap 40, opted not to pit on the Lap 52 yellow, but was forced to make an unscheduled stop on Lap 75 to replace a punctured left-rear tire. He was black-flagged for leaving the pits 1 mph over the 50 mph speed limit, but the penalty did not affect his final position. Polesitter Gil de Ferran won for the second race in a row today and took over the points lead from Kenny Brack. He easily outdistanced runner-up Dario Franchitti, with Memo Gidley taking third.

The next race on the CART FedEx Championship Series schedule is next weekend 's Round 19, the Shell 300 at Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, Calif.

Tony Kanaan
"We had a top-10 car today, for sure, but probably not much better than that. Unfortunately, the car got a little out of balance at the end. Otherwise, we would have gotten our top-10 finish. Hey, we did all we good to finish in the points. It's on to Laguna Seca. It's a track that I like a lot and I can't wait to get there."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Casey Mears , Gil de Ferran , Memo Gidley , Roberto Moreno , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Mo Nunn