KANAAN FIGHTS TO FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT MICHIGAN BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 31, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove a strong race and endured an eight-lap shootout to earn a fourth-place finish Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League...
KANAAN FIGHTS TO FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT MICHIGAN
BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 31, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove a strong race and endured an eight-lap shootout to earn a fourth-place finish Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.
Despite starting the event from the 14th position, Kanaan had guided the Team 7-Eleven car into third place by the end of the opening lap. He stayed among the top five throughout the course of the event, leading 24 laps in the process. He was running second when the caution flag flew on lap 181. On the restart, he became boxed in and was shuffled back to fourth place, resulting in his seventh top-five finish of the season.
Teammate Bryan Herta took the win while Dan Wheldon was second, followed by Tomas Scheckter. Sam Hornish Jr. was fifth.
Through 11 events, Kanaan is third in a very tight driver points race with 338 points, 79 shy of leader Wheldon and just one shy of second place.
Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams will now look towards the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway on Sunday, August 14. The event will be televised live by ABC, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT). It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers on Extreme XM, channel 152.
Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I got boxed in on the last couple of laps but when you're racing your teammates you don't want to hit them and look stupid. Bryan had the strongest car out there today and he deserved the win. I might have had a second-place car today, but I got caught in the middle of the mess and couldn't move forward. But, we did the job, AGR won again and Team 7-Eleven is up to third in the championship."
Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:
"This was really a good day for Team 7-Eleven and Andretti Green Racing. Tony drove really well, the pit crew did a great job and it came down to one of those shootouts which you love and you hate. But in the end we came out a winner as a team and I'm very proud of all the guys. All four drivers did a great job, looked after each other in the end and kept the yellow cars and the red and white cars behind us. It was just a great day for AGR."