CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan Milwaukee race notes

Tony Kanaan and the ...

Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished sixth in today's Miller Lite 225 at The Milwaukee Mile. He started seventh on a starting grid that was determined by virtue of the driver points standings entering the weekend because Saturday's regularly scheduled qualifying session was rained out. Kanaan moved up to sixth position after a pair of accidents during the opening laps of the race, and moved gradually into a lead he inherited by Lap 93 during a phenomenal 101-lap run on his first tank of fuel. He led a total of eight laps - the third consecutive race in which he has led - and was one of the last cars to pit during the first round of stops. Kanaan's second and final stop of the day came under caution on Lap 135 and he rejoined the race in seventh place. He picked up his final position when Christian Fittipaldi, who was two spots ahead of him, was taken out of the race in a collision with Nicolas Minassian. Kanaan earned eight championship points today, bringing his total to 36 on the year. But he dropped from seventh to ninth in the standings. Kanaan also recorded the fourth-fastest lap of the day day (23.568 seconds; 157.637 mph) behind Dario Franchitti (23.277; 159.608), Patrick Carpentier (23.286; 159.547) and teammate Alex Zanardi (23.537; 159.608).

Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard also finished in the points with a 12th-place effort today. Zanardi started 15th and battled his way into the top 10 before being black-flagged for a pit speed limit violation while coming in for his first stop, during which he also stalled the motor. Kenny Brack won today for the second event in a row, beating runner-up Michael Andretti and third-place-finishing Scott Dixon across the finish line.

The next stop on the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series 2001 tour is Round Seven in two weeks (June 15-17), the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit.

TONY KANAAN

"The car was pretty good. I didn't have to do anything to it all day. But for me, it was a pretty ho-hum race. I didn't have the best car out there, but I was hanging around all day long. I just couldn't pass anybody. That' s how these mile oval races are going to be. It's the same as it was at Nazareth. The straights are too short to get a run on anyone. And, basically, I needed to save fuel the entire race. So it wasn't much of a race. I saved a lot of fuel, but it turned out to be all for nothing with all the yellows. It wasn't very fun. Hopefully, as time goes by, we can all put our heads together and figure out how to run these mile oval races to make them more exciting. Thank goodness our next four races are on road courses!"

-MNR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Nicolas Minassian , Patrick Carpentier , Christian Fittipaldi , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Mo Nunn