CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland Drive-Thru Crew Pre-Race Notes

Drive-Thru Crew News Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon June 18-20, 1999 Circuit: 1.967-mile permanent road course Race: 98 laps/192.766 miles Broadcast: Sunday, June 20 -...

Drive-Thru Crew News Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 Presented by Texaco/Havoline Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon June 18-20, 1999

Circuit: 1.967-mile permanent road course Race: 98 laps/192.766 miles Broadcast: Sunday, June 20 - ABC-TV Live 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Tony Kanaan, #44 McDonald's Honda-Reynard:

-26th career start in his second season of Champ Car competition -Currently 12th in the PPG Cup point standings, seven points out of 10th

-Has three top-10 finishes to date this season -- Motegi (6th), Rio (5th) and St. Louis (7th) -Claimed first career pole at Long Beach this year, and led the first laps (44) of his career -Best road course and career finishes to date are third at Laguna Seca and Houston in 1998 -Finished fourth at Portland last year after qualifying 12th -Finished third at Portland in Indy Lights competition in 1997 and fifth in 1996 -1998 CART Rookie of the Year -Finished ninth in the PPG Cup point standings last year -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 with his golden retriever Duke -Collects wristwatches and has over 45 in his collection -Avid rollerblader and former instructor -Began racing career building kart chassis in exchange for seat time

Tony Kanaan - Thoughts on Portland:

"I am excited to go back to the road courses. We will be more competitive for sure. We had a good test at Portland a few weeks ago, and finished fourth there last year."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Nigel Mansell