CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Kanaan Motegi Preview

Drive-Thru Crew News Firestone Firehawk 500 Twin Ring Motegi - Motegi, Japan April 8-10, 1999 Circuit: 1.549-mile oval Race: 201 laps/311.35 miles Broadcast: April 10 - ESPN Live Midnight - 2:00 am EST April 11 - ESPN2 Tape Delay 5:30 pm - 7:30...

Drive-Thru Crew News Firestone Firehawk 500 Twin Ring Motegi - Motegi, Japan April 8-10, 1999

Circuit: 1.549-mile oval Race: 201 laps/311.35 miles Broadcast: April 10 - ESPN Live Midnight - 2:00 am EST April 11 - ESPN2 Tape Delay 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm EST

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

-21st career start in his second season of Champ Car competition -Earned the first points of his Champ Car career at Motegi last year -Career best oval finish was sixth at Motegi in 1998 after qualifying 10th -Currently ranked 21st in the point standings after suffering a fuel system problem while running in 12th position at the season-opening race in Homestead, Florida -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 Rio and St. Louis -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

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 Motegi:

"When we go to Motegi, it is the same type of pressure as when I race in my home country of Brazil because it is Honda's house and I want to do well. For Firestone as well, I feel like I have a big responsibility to go there and bring home a good result. I scored the first points of my Champ Car career at Motegi last year, so for sure I will always remember that race. Motegi is a very fast oval and a world-class facility.

"We had a disappointing start to the season with the fuel system problem at Homestead, but for me that is part of the past already. I am looking forward to Japan. Our season starts now." k

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Nigel Mansell , Steve Horne