Tony Kanaan and the ...
Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished 16th in today's Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland after rebounding from a multi-car pileup on the very first turn of the race. Kanaan started fifth and was rounding Turn 1 when Oriol Servia pushed the car of Patrick Carpentier sideways into Kanaan's car and sent the two sliding off the track. Michel Jourdain then hit the Hollywood car, causing significant damage to the nose. Kanaan pitted to replace the nose and four tires and rejoined the race in 24th place. He was never a factor and finished a lap down.
Kanaan's teammate Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished 13th today after a strong bid for a podium finish was ruined by slight contact from behind by Max Wilson just after the second round of pit stops on Lap 59 of a scheduled 101 laps. The contact punctured Zanardi's left-rear tire, forcing another stop to replace the tire and dropping him back to 19th. Dario Franchitti was the winner , followed by Memo Gidley and Bryan Herta.
The next race on the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series tour is in two weeks for Round 10 at the Molson Indy Toronto (July 13-15).
"All I have to say that the way things are going, luck is definitely not on my side. I have no idea what happened, except for the fact that Carpentier and me went off the track at the start. It was another big disappointment. One of these days, the luck has to turn around. I didn't have the best car out here all weekend, but I didn't even have a chance to see what we had for the race. It's no fun cruising around back there. I'm ready for a weekend off so we can regroup and come back strong for Toronto and the last half of the season."