"What can you say about racing at Surfers Paradise? The name of the place says it all. It's the greatest. It always feels so right to be here. Great timing, too, schedule-wise, because we've all been through so much this year. I wouldn't ...
"What can you say about racing at Surfers Paradise? The name of the place says it all. It's the greatest. It always feels so right to be here. Great timing, too, schedule-wise, because we've all been through so much this year. I wouldn't exactly call it a vacation because we'll be hard at work trying to finish strong at the end of our first season. But it's a very comfortable place to work. We are coming off of a fairly solid weekend at Houston. We started and finished in the top 10, which is where you want to be every race. This weekend, we'll hope to turn it up a notch. It's another street course, but it's a lot faster than Houston. Hopefully, we can build on what we learned about our car and motor combination at Houston and finish in the top five. Hey, I was seventh here my rookie year, and sixth here last year, so that means we're looking at fifth or better this weekend. Sounds good to me!"
This is Kanaan's third visit to Surfers Paradise in a Champ Car, his first with first-year Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing. He was seventh here during his Rookie of the Year season of 1998 with Tasman Motorsports (later Forsythe Championship Racing). He qualified eighth and finished sixth here last year with the Forsythe team.
At Houston two weekends ago, Kanaan started and finished 10th, his fifth (and the team's sixth) top-10 finish of the season and his 25th in 53 career Champ Car starts.
In his 14 starts this season for Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing, Kanaan also has six top-10 qualifying efforts. His best finish was eighth, at both Nazareth and Road America. His top qualifying effort was third at Chicago.