Tony Kanaan and his ...
Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished in the points in today's Motorola 220 at Road America. From his 17th starting position today, Kanaan brought home a 12th-place finish to cap a bizarre afternoon that included a 48-minute red-flag period to halt a river of water that was flowing across this legendary track near Turn 12. The race started under caution as a pre-race deluge left standing or rushing water at key places around the circuit, most notably at Turn 12. The race went green for the first time on Lap 4, and Kanaan immediately moved up six spots to 11th and worked his way to ninth before stopping to replace his rain tires with slicks under yellow on Lap 11. He fell back to 14th, and the race was red-flagged on Lap 14 to allow CART officials to put a stop to the river of water. When the race resumed, Kanaan worked his way into the top eight by Lap 24. He pitted a final time on Lap 34 for a timed fuel stop and resumed in 17th. He picked up five spots in the final 11 laps to earn one championship point. The race was originally scheduled for 55 laps, but fell 10 laps short of that under CART's two-hour time limit for races, which did not include the 48-minute red-flag period.
Teammate Alex Zanardi and his #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard finished one place behind Kanaan in 13th after starting 23rd. Rookie Bruno Junqueira won for the first time today, followed across the finish line by runner-up Michael Andretti and Adrian Fernandez, who finished third.
After a weekend off, the series resumes Sept. 2 with the Molson Indy Vancouver, Round 15 of 21 on the 2001 CART FedEx Championship.
"That felt like the longest day ever. I think CART did a good thing by stopping the race to fix that water problem. They probably shouldn't have started the race to begin with because some of the guys paid a price by wrecking their cars before the red flag. I got a point out of it but I'm disappointed we couldn't do better. We were down a bit on the straights, which made it tough to pass people all day long. I'm just glad this one's over with."