CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan Chicago race notes

Tony Kanaan and his ...

Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished eighth in today's Target Grand Prix at Chicago Motor Speedway. Kanaan started from the pole and led until the rear end of his car took on a slightly loose condition and he was passed by outside-front-row starter Helio Castroneves on Lap 48. He stopped on Lap 83 of today's 225 scheduled laps for his first scheduled fuel and tire stop. Kanaan ended up getting shuffled back to sixth during that first round of pit stops, but worked his way back into the lead before pitting for the final time on Lap 168. That last stop of a two-stop strategy dropped Kanaan back to ninth. He passed his teammate Alex Zanardi for eighth place on Lap 212.

Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished ninth after starting fifth. He, too, employed a two-stop strategy. Kenny Brack won today for the third time this season, followed across the finish line by runner-up Patrick Carpentier and third-place-finishing Gil de Ferran.

The next race on the schedule is in two weeks (Aug. 10-12), the Miller Lite 200, Round 13 of 21 on the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

TONY KANAAN

"That was a total joke. To get beat by people who pitted three and four times each after we stopped only twice is just not right. But that's the way CART makes these races. It doesn't pay to start up front. We worked hard all weekend to get the fastest car in qualifying and it's the people who started in the back and stop on all the yellows who end up with the better result. Maybe the thing to do is to just work on your race setup all weekend, start in the back, and make pit stops on all the yellows. That's not racing. But hey, if that's what it takes to finish well, we'll have to think like that. Lapped traffic was a big problem today. We made an agreement in the driver's meeting that if you're a lap down, you were going to move over for the cars on the lead lap. It was a gentleman's agreement. But that was not the case out there. Alex (Zanardi) got held up by Michel Jourdain when he was in second place chasing Kenny Brack. Jourdain was a lap down and he refused to let Alex by. That's not right. Later in the race, Jourdain was holding both of us up. That's not right. If the guys upstairs aren't going to enforce the blue ('move over') flag, that's the way these races are going to be. Otherwise, I had a good car in the beginning until it went a little loose on me and Helio (Castroneves) got by me. We lost some ground on our first pit stop, and from there it was just impossible to pass people out there. It was a very disappointing day."

-NMR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Mo Nunn