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Kanaan Pilots Team 7-Eleven Car To Third-Place Finish in Delphi Indy 300 JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 12, 2004) -Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan brought the ...

Kanaan Pilots Team 7-Eleven Car To Third-Place Finish in Delphi Indy 300

JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 12, 2004) -Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan brought the #11 Team 7- Eleven car home to a third-place finish during Sunday's running of the Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kanaan qualified second for the event and kept the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone among the top-10 throughout the race. Typical of past events at Chicagoland Speedway, cars raced at over 200 miles per hour, tightly bunched in groups of eight or more, with positions being shuffled lap by lap dependent on the draft.

Kanaan avoided the four incidents which took place throughout the race and in doing so kept the Team 7-Eleven machine in contention for a victory.

Having made a pit stop on lap 143, Kanaan was set to nurse his fuel load to the end of the 200- lap event. But a lengthy caution period on lap 186, brought on by contact between Darren Manning and Buddy Rice, allowed Kanaan to race full bore to the finish.

Taking the restart on lap 194 in fourth place and trailing Adrian Fernandez, XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta and Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon, Kanaan moved into third place one lap later and drafted behind his Andretti Green Racing teammate to the checkered flag.

Fernandez earned the victory, his second win of the season, followed by Herta, Kanaan and Wheldon in second, third and fourth respectively, while Vitor Meira rounded out the top five.

With his third-place finish, Kanaan increased his IndyCar® Series-record number of consecutive top-five finishes to 13 and now holds a 75-point advantage over Wheldon (538-463) in the IndyCar® Series points standings with Rice 95 points back in third place.

Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar® Series teams return to action Oct. 3 at California Speedway The event will be televised live by ESPN, beginning at 3 p.m. (EDT).

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"We tried to help Bryan (Herta) get the win, but it just didn't work out. We tried, did our best and just didn't do it. Adrian's (Fernandez) car was faster. There was some crazy driving today. That's not the way I drive and it's not the way you drive to win a championship. You have to realize that if you have a fifth-place car, you finish fifth. If you have a first-place car, you win. The championship is still a long way from being over. We can think about it after Fontana."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"Today was one of those typical days at Chicagoland. The Team 7-Eleven car wasn't very pleasant back in traffic. I think Tony did a great job staying out of trouble. There was some very, very crazy driving going on out there and I'm glad to see that everybody is okay. I thought that the whole team did a good job to finish second, third and fourth. It's a credit to everybody at AGR as to how consistent everybody has been all year."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Kim Green , Vitor Meira