CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Kanaan Nazareth notes


#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard

Tony Kanaan brought home his #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard in eighth place in today's rescheduled Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix on the Nazareth Speedway 1-mile oval. It was the best finish for the first-year Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing team, which started the season five races ago with a 10th-place effort at Homestead, Fla. Kanaan started eighth and gained a position by the first round of pit stops during a caution period on Lap 75 of today's 225-lap event. He moved into the lead during a caution period on Lap 118, opting not to pit while a majority of the other leaders did. Kanaan stayed in the lead until finally pitting during a caution period on Lap 158, totaling 40 laps led, and he set the second-fastest lap of the race during that run up front. He dropped back to 13th after that final stop and gradually worked his way to his eighth-place finishing position. Gil de Ferran drove to the win today, the 100th for Team Penske.

The next stop on the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series schedule is next weekend (June 2-4) on the 1-mile oval at Milwaukee.

TONY KANAAN -- "That was the most fun I've ever had on a 1-mile oval. It also was the best finish I've ever had on a 1-mile oval. We had a good car today. I was really pleased that I could really race with a lot of people out there. It was great to be up front for as long as we were. Unfortunately, it was race situations that set us back. But at least we finished where we started. We finished a race and ran well after having some bad luck the last few races. The monkey's off our back once again, and now we just have to carry this momentum to Milwaukee. Patience is the key. We have to keep telling ourselves that. We are a brand new team. As long as we keep working our way to the front, we will be a great team."

MORRIS NUNN -- "It's good to finish races. And it's good to run well in the process. Tony's confidence level certainly got a boost today, so that's a good thing as we head for another mile oval at Milwaukee. He got the second-fastest race lap of the day, which shows what he and the car can do. Obviously, this is a step in the right direction, but we still have an awful lot of work to do. The good thing is, we leave here in one piece and with great confidence in what is to come."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Tony Kanaan , Mo Nunn
Teams Team Penske