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Tony Kanaan on the California Indy 400: "Team 7-Eleven has been very competitive this season on the superspeedways. Last year, we clinched our IndyCar Series championship at California and while we won't have that opportunity this...

Tony Kanaan on the California Indy 400:

"Team 7-Eleven has been very competitive this season on the superspeedways. Last year, we clinched our IndyCar Series championship at California and while we won't have that opportunity this year, we can still win the race and secure a '1-2' finish for Andretti Green Racing. That would be a great way to wrap up the season."

Tony Kanaan Facts

The California Indy 400 marks Kanaan's 50th career IndyCar Series start.

Kanaan has eight top-three finishes in 2005 and 13 top-10 finishes this season. His best efforts are victories at Infineon (Aug. 28) and Kansas (July 3) and second-place finishes at St. Petersburg (April 3) and at Watkins Glen (Sept. 25).

Kanaan enters the California Indy 400 ranked second on the IndyCar Series driver points chart with 508 points, 92 points behind leader Dan Wheldon and 26 points ahead of third place.

Kanaan currently ranks second among IndyCar Series career lap leaders, having led 1,595 laps. In 2005, he has led 346 laps, including 75 at Nashville, 62 at Texas, 54 at the Indianapolis 500, 46 at Chicagoland, 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 California Indy 400:

"Now that Dan (Wheldon) has taken care of AGR's second-straight IndyCar Series title, we need to have one more strong finish to secure Tony second in the championship. Tony had a very good race at California last year, finishing second by mere inches. We'll take what we have learned this year and improve on last year's package. Hopefully we can find those last few inches over 400 miles and bring Team 7-Eleven a win."

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