CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Kaanan Elkhart Lake Preview

Drive-Thru Crew News Texaco/Havoline 200 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin July 9-11, 1999 Circuit: 4-mile permanent road course Race: 50 laps/200 miles Broadcast: Sunday, July 11 - ABC Live 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST Tony Kanaan, ...

Drive-Thru Crew News Texaco/Havoline 200 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin July 9-11, 1999

Circuit: 4-mile permanent road course Race: 50 laps/200 miles Broadcast: Sunday, July 11 - ABC Live 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

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

-28th career start in his second season of Champ Car competition -Finished fourth at Road America last year after qualifying 12th -Currently 15th in the PPG Cup point standings, eight 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 -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 - Thoughts on Road America:

"The track is fantastic. I love it. We finished fourth here last year and when you do well on a track, you always like it and look forward to going back. I have no predictions for the weekend, but I hope I can do well. It's time to turn our luck around. It's been a tough year for us, but we never lose hope. We need to get rid of this 'sophomore jinx'."

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 -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

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Nigel Mansell