IRL: Fontana: Tony Kanaan race report

FONTANA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove to a second-place finish Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series California Indy 400 at California Speedway. The event, the season-finale for the...

FONTANA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove to a second-place finish Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series California Indy 400 at California Speedway. The event, the season-finale for the IndyCar Series, was won by ArcaEx teammate Dario Franchitti, giving Andretti Green Racing its fourth '1-2' finish of the 2005 season.

Kanaan, who started the event from 10th place, moved into the top-five by the 10th lap and either led or maintained a top-three status for the entire race. Standing second to Franchitti at the 150-lap mark, he maintained his runner-up position over the remaining 50 laps before pulling alongside his teammate only to fall short at the line.

Trailing Franchitti and Kanaan to the finish were Vitor Meira in third, Scott Sharp fourth and Sam Hornish Jr. in fifth.

Kanaan concludes the season second in the championship points race with 548 points while AGR clinched three of the top-five positions in the series championship with Wheldon (628) and Franchitti (498) placing first and fourth respectively.

The 2006 IndyCar Series season begins March 26 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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

"I don't know what happened. I was downshifting and upshifting. I was trying to anticipate things. When you have a close finish like this, it's crazy. Thank God it was one of my teammates that I was racing. It was probably a missed shift or something like that. It was a shame we didn't win, but it was just a good day for Andretti Green Racing. Dario got the win and Team 7-Eleven ended up second in the championship, so it was a good day."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"I think TK might have had a missed shift or something there at the end. He had a strong car all day. I'm really pleased for Dario. He had a fast car all weekend. It was just a great team effort. Dario and Tony are very, very good friends and they raced each other like that at the end."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Kim Green , Sam Hornish Jr. , Vitor Meira