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Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan to Start 22nd at California FONTANA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan will start tomorrow's California Indy 400 from the 22nd position after failing to post a qualifying speed due to a ...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan to Start 22nd at California

FONTANA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan will start tomorrow's California Indy 400 from the 22nd position after failing to post a qualifying speed due to a mechanical problem that arose on his first warm-up lap.

By attempting to qualify, Kanaan -- who stood as the only Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series driver to start in the top 10 during the first 14 races this season - eliminated Buddy Rice from championship contention. Kanaan and Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon, who both race out of the Andretti Green Racing stable, remain the only two drivers eligible to win the 2004 IndyCar Series title.

The California Indy 400, Round 15 of the 2004 schedule, is set to go green at 3:25 p.m. (EDT) Sunday with ESPN providing live broadcast coverage of the 200-lap event beginning at 3 p.m. (EDT).

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

"You know, there are days like this and we haven't had one all year, so I don't think I can complain. Honestly, I'm really not disappointed. We just need to keep our spirits up. This is racing. Thank God it happened now. I'd be much more upset if it had happened tomorrow. We still have a long day ahead of us tomorrow - 400 miles. I won a 500-mile race from a lap down. And, I don't need to win here. I want a big win, but I don't have to.

"My guys told me after the session, they said, 'Hey, you haven't started in the back and moved to the front this year as you did last year, so we think it's time for you to show us again.' I just don't take this as a negative. I think it's a very positive thing. It's good that it happened today."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Jim Beam