Tony Kanaan ...
#10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard Grand Prix of Long Beach - Race Notes/Quotes - Sunday, April 14, 2002 The Streets of Long Beach, Calif. - 1.968-Mile Temporary Street Course Round 2 of 20 on the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series
Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard retired on Lap 17 of today's 90-lap Grand Prix of Long Beach with electrical problems while running in fifth position. Kanaan started sixth on the grid and gained a position by the first corner of the first lap. For the second consecutive race, however, electrical gremlins took him out of contention. He detected the problem in the final-turn hairpin before entering the front straight, but was able to make it to the end of the straightaway before the car shut down. It did not respond to his attempts to restart it. At the Monterrey, Mexico, season opener last month, Kanaan had to stop on Lap 8 to replace the electronic control unit ("black box"), which cost him two laps. He later crashed in the closing laps to end that bid.
The next stop on the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series tour is in two weeks (April 25-27) for the Bridgestone Potenza 500 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.
TONY KANAAN QUOTES
"Tough luck, huh? We'll get 'em next time. That's the only way to respond to something like this because it's totally out of your control. I felt I had a problem when I was coming out of the hairpin onto the front straight, and I was able to accelerate most of the way down the straight before the engine just quit. There was nothing I could do to get it going again. In one sense, I feel especially bad because I had a great race car. We worked our tails off to hold onto the sixth position in qualifying, and we went out and were second in the morning warmup. To it was a tough break for everybody who worked so hard to get us where we were. I also feel bad for Pioneer and WorldCom because this just might have been our day. But we have to put today behind us and move on. This luck has got to turn around. The good thing is that it's still very early in the season. We have 18 races to go, so there is time to make up ground. But we can't much longer before we start to put some points on the board. All we can do is to try and figure out what happened, address the problem, and make it better next time."