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Tony Kanaan on the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300: "Team 7-Eleven had a very productive test last week at Chicagoland Speedway and I'm very optimistic for a good result there. It was good to get back into victory circle at Infineon Raceway and...

Tony Kanaan on the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300:

"Team 7-Eleven had a very productive test last week at Chicagoland Speedway and I'm very optimistic for a good result there. It was good to get back into victory circle at Infineon Raceway and we'll be doing everything we can to get another win."

Tony Kanaan Facts

The Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 marks Kanaan's 48th career IndyCar Series start.

Kanaan has eight top-three finishes in 2005 and 11 top-10 finishes this season. His best efforts are victories at Infineon (Aug. 28) and Kansas (July 3) and second-place at St. Petersburg (April 3).

Kanaan enters the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 ranked second on the IndyCar Series driver points chart with 438 points, 79 points behind leader Dan Wheldon.

Kanaan currently ranks second among IndyCar Series career lap leaders, having led 1,546 laps. In 2005, he has led 297 laps, including 75 at Nashville, 62 at Texas, 54 at the Indianapolis 500, 33 at Infineon, 25 at Kentucky and 24 at Michigan.

Kanaan qualified on the pole position for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan registered an IndyCar Series record string of 18-consecutive top-five finishes, dating from the second race of the 2004 season through the third event of the 2005 campaign.

Kanaan also set an IndyCar Series record with 25 consecutive races finished, having completed 25 consecutive events dating from the 14th race of the 2003 season (Chicagoland, Sept. 7) through the sixth event of the 2005 campaign (Texas, June 11).

Kanaan has six career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003, 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004, Kansas 2005, Infineon 2005) and six IndyCar Series poles (Homestead 2003, Phoenix 2003, Pikes Peak 2003, 2004, Michigan 2004, Indianapolis 2005).

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Argent Peak Antifreeze Indy 300:

"The aim of Team 7-Eleven is to challenge for the win over the remaining three races. If we can accomplish that we should secure no worse than second place in the championship while helping Dan win AGR's second-consecutive IndyCar Series championship. The Chicago track is going to lend itself to very close racing. The car has to handle well in traffic and the drivers have to be patient, staying with the lead group and then making their move in the last couple of laps."

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