CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto Drive-Thru Crew Pre-Race News

Drive-Thru Crew News Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 16-18, 1999 Circuit: 1.721-mile temporary street course Race: 95 laps/163.495 miles Broadcast: Sunday, July 18 - ABC 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST (Tape ...

Drive-Thru Crew News Molson Indy Toronto Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 16-18, 1999

Circuit: 1.721-mile temporary street course Race: 95 laps/163.495 miles Broadcast: Sunday, July 18 - ABC 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST (Tape Delay)

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

-29th career start in his second season of Indy Lights competition -Currently tied with Jimmy Vasser for 10th position in the PPG Cup point standings -Started seventh at Toronto last year, but retired on Lap 61 when the refueling nozzle jammed during his pit stop resulting in a pit fire -- Kanaan was running in fifth position at the time -Had the Indy Lights pole at Toronto in 1997 and finished second; started fourth in 1996 but retired after a first-lap incident involving his teammate -- Helio Castro-Neves -Has four top-10 finishes to date this season -- Motegi (6th), Rio (5th), St. Louis (7th) and Elkhart Lake (6th) -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 -1997 PPG-Firestone Indy Lights champion and 1996 runner-up

Tony Kanaan - Thoughts on Toronto:

"I am looking forward to returning to Toronto not only because I love road courses, but because I feel like I have something to finish here. We had a very good car last year and we were having a strong run in the race. Unfortunately we had the problem with our refueling equipment and the fire in the pits. It's unfinished business for us."

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 Jimmy Vasser , Tony Kanaan