CHAMPCAR/CART: Kanaan Vancouver race notes

Tony Kanaan and his ...

Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard earned a hard-fought fourth-place finish in today's Molson Indy Vancouver. Kanaan started 13th, got as high as 12th through his first two fuel runs, and pitted for the final time on Lap 70 just as an accident by Max Papis brought out a full-course caution. He resumed as the pits closed behind him. By the time the race restarted on Lap 79, Kanaan found himself in ninth. Six laps later, he moved up to fourth as the result of another melee involving three cars ahead of him. He chased race-winner Roberto Moreno, runner-up Gil de Ferran and the third-place-finishing Michael Andretti across the finish line. It was Kanaan's best finish since placing third at Twin Ring Motegi in May, and is his third top-five result in 14 races this season. It also elevated him to 10th in the driver point standings.

Teammate Alex Zanardi and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard saw their day come to an end on Lap 43 when Zanardi lost control of his car and made contact with the Turn Six tire barrier. Today's race, originally scheduled for 100 laps, was called after 98 laps due to a 2-hour, 10-minute television time limit.

After a weekend off, the team returns to action Sept. 13-15 for the German 500 at the Eurospeedway in Lausitz, Germany.

TONY KANAAN
"It was a tough day. A tough weekend, actually, after we started so well on Friday morning (with the fastest lap in the opening practice). We put ourselves through a lot. Me and my engineer Eric (Cowdin) were all over each other all weekend. It was a very difficult time for us. But today's result, even though we were one short of the podium, leaves us feeling pretty good after all we've been through. After Friday morning, it seemed like everything we tried just wasn't working. We were 19th in warm-up this morning and I thought it was going to be another one of those days. But we stuck with it. And we actually had some good luck on the racetrack for a change. Now we're in the top 10 in the points, where we definitely feel we belong, and hopefully we're there to stay."

-mnr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Max Papis , Roberto Moreno , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Mo Nunn