Tony Kanaan Tony Kanaan and his ...
Tony Kanaan and his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard retired 69 laps into today’s 250-lap Michigan 500 due to water temperature problems. Kanaan started 18th and worked himself into the top 10 shortly after the first round of scheduled pit stops on Lap 41. Concerned with high water temperatures, the team brought Kanaan in for an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 56 to search for possible clogs to the air intakes leading to the radiators. Three laps later, on Lap 59, Kanaan pitted again as the crew attempted to pressurize the water system. On Lap 69, the car was retired.
The next stop on the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series tour is next weekend (July 28-30) for Round 12 at Chicago.
“I was having a really good time out there. I had a good race car and I was moving my way up in the order pretty steadily. But once I got into the top 10, our water temperature got a little high and we just couldn’t seem to fix the problem. We didn’t want to risk anything happening out there on the track, so we retired the car. It’s the safe thing to do ... count your losses and move on. Otherwise, it’s great to be back. Ten days ago, I couldn’t drive at all. A week ago, I was driving a go-kart. And today, I’m here defending my championship in the Michigan 500. It’s unfortunate that the day had to end the way it did. I had a dream last night that I was going to be there at the end. But it didn’t turn out that way. Let’s go to Chicago!”