CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Kanaan Chicago Preview

Drive-Thru Crew News Target Grand Prix Chicago Motor Speedway - Cicero, Illinois August 19-22, 1999 Circuit: One-mile oval Race: 225 laps/225 miles Broadcast: Sunday, August 22 - ABC 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST (Tape Delay) Tony Kanaan, ...

Drive-Thru Crew News Target Grand Prix Chicago Motor Speedway - Cicero, Illinois August 19-22, 1999

Circuit: One-mile oval Race: 225 laps/225 miles Broadcast: Sunday, August 22 - ABC 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST (Tape Delay)

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

-33rd career start in his second season of Champ Car competition -Currently 11th in the PPG Cup point standings with 62 points -Claimed first career Champ Car win at Michigan Speedway last month -Claimed first career pole position at Long Beach this year -Best oval starting position in 1999 was seventh at Rio -Career best oval starting position was third at Rio and St. Louis in 1998 -Best road/street circuit finishes were third at Laguna Seca and Houston in 1998 -Has six top-10 finishes to date -- Motegi (6th), Rio (5th), St. Louis (7th), Elkhart Lake (6th), Michigan (1st) and Detroit (6th) -1998 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 on Chicago:

"I've been to Chicago only once, and that was to visit McDonald's corporate offices. I'm excited to go there. It's an important weekend for us because it's McDonald's hometown and Jerry's (Forsythe) also. I really want to do well. It's a new track and no one has tested there so it's an even playing field. Ovals are not easy, but we had our first win on an oval. It would be great to get our second one here."

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 -Former rollerblade instructor who includes rollerblading in his fitness routine -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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