Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, Homestead, Fla. March 19 - 21, 1999 Circuit: 1.502-mile oval Race: 150 laps/225.3 miles Broadcast: March 21 - ABC-TV 4:00 pm EST (tape delay) Tony ...
Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, Homestead, Fla. March 19 - 21, 1999
Circuit: 1.502-mile oval Race: 150 laps/225.3 miles Broadcast: March 21 - ABC-TV 4:00 pm EST (tape delay)
Tony Kanaan, #44 McDonald's Honda-Reynard:
-20th career start in his second season of Champ Car competition -1998 CART Rookie of the Year -Finished ninth in the PPG Cup point standings -Career best finishes of third at Laguna Seca and Houston -Career best starting positions were on ovals -- third at both Rio and St. Louis -Career best oval finish was sixth at Japan -Qualified 18th at Homestead last year -Finished in 29th position after making contact with the outside wall in Turn Four on Lap 33 -Finished in the points in 11 events last year, more than any series rookie since Nigel Mansell scored in 13 races in 1993 -Made North American racing debut at Homestead in 1996 in the PPG-Firestone Indy Lights Championship, qualifying ninth and finishing 10th -1997 PPG-Firestone Indy Lights Champion
Tony Kanaan - At-A-Glance:
-24 years old -Single -Brazilian -Recently moved to Aventura, Florida -Speaks English, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish -Nicknamed "Little Mac" by Steve Horne -Began racing at the age of 11 in karts
Tony Kanaan - Thoughts on Homestead:
"I am starting to get excited realizing that everything is about to get underway. Our pre-season testing has gone very well, and for sure I am much more prepared this year than last year. I believe we can do very well.
"Six of our first seven races are on ovals. If you want to be competitive in Champ Cars, you have to be good on the ovals. By the end of last year, I started to like the ovals more. I had a better car, I could understand more and I had more experience. The ovals do not scare me the way they did in the past. We have been doing more testing and I have more confidence. McDonald's has given us a big flag to fly, and Miami is like my hometown now. This is a big weekend and hopefully it will be a good one."