IRL: ARG's Kannan Richmond test report day two

Kanaan's Richmond test ends with crash. Richmond, Va.,(May 30, 2003) -- What had been a productive test session at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) for Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan ended in a sour fashion Friday afternoon when contact...

Kanaan's Richmond test ends with crash.

Richmond, Va.,(May 30, 2003) -- What had been a productive test session at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) for Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan ended in a sour fashion Friday afternoon when contact with another car led to a crash that left his car unable to continue.

Kanaan, who ran 156 laps on the day up to that point in the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone entry, had worked his way to fourth on the speed chart (16.46 seconds) when Helio Castroneves drove into the rear of Kanaan's machine exiting turn four. Kanaan's machine sustained more damage than could be repaired at the track, thus putting an end to his two days at the three-quarter mile facility.

"We were both running full tanks," Kanaan said. "In talking to Helio, what happened was I was warming my tires, and he was obviously going much quicker. I went wide in Turn 3 and 4. I was going a slower speed than him, and he was in a blind spot. He hit me from behind. Fortunately, he's OK and I'm OK, so we're going to go back home."

Kanaan was only able to turn 15 laps at Richmond on Thursday before rain halted the rest of the day's test session.

Andretti Green Racing co-owner and president Kim Green managed Friday's portion of the test for Kanaan, allowing team manager Tony Cotman to return home on Thursday with the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew. The team needed to begin making repairs to Dan Wheldon's machine, which was damaged in a Thursday practice crash at RIR.

"It's a shame that the car took the hit that it did, but Tony came through things uninjured and that's what's important," said Green. "We'll take what we learned here and hopefully build on it when we come back in a few weeks for the race itself."

Richmond will play host to the IRL IndyCar Series on June 28th with a 250-lap event under the lights.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Kim Green , Jim Beam