Drive-Thru Crew News Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota Nazareth Speedway - Nazareth, Pennsylvania - April 30 - May 2 Circuit: One-mile oval Race: 225 laps Broadcast: ESPN Live - 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST Tony Kanaan, ...
Drive-Thru Crew News Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented by Toyota Nazareth Speedway - Nazareth, Pennsylvania - April 30 - May 2
Circuit: One-mile oval Race: 225 laps Broadcast: ESPN Live - 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST
Tony Kanaan, #44 McDonald's Honda-Reynard:
- 23rd career start in his second season of Champ Car competition - Currently 11th in the PPG Cup point standings - Claimed first career pole at Long Beach two weeks ago, and led the first laps (44) of his career - Finished ninth at Nazareth last year after starting 16th - Finished fifth at Nazareth in 1997 and 12th in 1996 in Indy Lights competition - Career best oval starting positions were third at Rio and St. Louis - Career best oval finish was sixth at Motegi in 1998 and 1999 - 1998 CART Rookie of the Year - Finished ninth in the PPG Cup point standings - Posted career best finishes of third at Laguna Seca and Houston - Finished in the points in 11 events last year, more than any series rookie since Nigel Mansell scored in 13 races in 1993 - 1997 PPG-Firestone Indy Lights Champion and 1996 runner-up
Tony Kanaan - At-A-Glance:
- 24 years old from Salvador, Brazil - Resides in Aventura, Florida - Loves gorillas and has a stuffed animal collection of gorillas in his locker at the team race transporter - Speaks English, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish - Nicknamed "Little Mac" by Steve Horne - Race day superstitions include putting his right shoe on first, getting in the car from the left side and wearing a special pair of lucky underwear
Tony Kanaan - Thoughts on Nazareth:
"I think it's going to be a challenging weekend for everyone with the new wings. We tested here in March, and the wings made a huge difference in downforce. With the traffic on the short ovals, I think it is going to be an interesting race."
Steve Horne, President:
"Any change in the rules creates more work but also more opportunity for improvement. There is so much less downforce with the new wings that you have to rely on mechanical grip even more. The cars now have potentially less downforce than an Indy Lights or Formula Atlantic car, but over twice the horsepower. Race car drivers are race car drivers and they will race anything with wheels when it comes down to it. I expect to see a very competitive event."