Drive-Thru Crew News U.S. 500 presented by Toyota Michigan Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan July 23-25, 1999 Circuit: 2-mile superspeedway Race: 250 laps/500 miles Broadcast: Sunday, July 25 - ABC Live - 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm EST Tony Kanaan, ...
Drive-Thru Crew News U.S. 500 presented by Toyota Michigan Speedway Brooklyn, Michigan July 23-25, 1999
Circuit: 2-mile superspeedway Race: 250 laps/500 miles Broadcast: Sunday, July 25 - ABC Live - 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Tony Kanaan, #44 McDonald's Honda-Reynard:
-30th career start in his second season of Champ Car competition -Currently 12th in the PPG Cup point standings -Finished 11th at the US 500 last year after qualifying 20th -Career best oval starting positions were third at Rio and St. Louis in 1998 -Best oval starting position in 1999 was seventh at Rio -Career best oval finish was fifth at Rio in 1999 -Has four top-10 finishes to date this season -- Motegi (6th), Rio (5th), St. Louis (7th) and Elkhart Lake (6th) -Claimed first career pole at Long Beach this year, and led the first laps (44) of his career -Career best finishes of third at Laguna Seca and Houston in 1998 -1998 CART Rookie of the Year -Finished ninth in the PPG Cup point standings last year -1997 PPG-Firestone Indy Lights champion and 1996 runner-up
Tony Kanaan - Thoughts on Michigan:
"We had a good race last weekend, but one more time the luck wasn't with us. Hopefully that will change this weekend. Michigan is a difficult track and it's one of our longest races so you need to be even more patient. We finished 11th at Michigan last year, and I really learned a lot that weekend. I have more experience in working the draft, and I feel pretty confident. I'm ready to go."
Tony Kanaan - At-A-Glance:
-24 years old from Salvador, Brazil -Resides in Aventura, Florida, with his golden retriever Duke -Former rollerblade instructor who includes rollerblading in his fitness routine -Began career racing karts and holds six karting championship titles -Competed in Italy prior to coming to the U.S. in 1996, and won the Italian Formula Alfa-Boxer Championship