IRL: Milwaukee: Tony Kanaan preview

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Who: #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone driver Tony Kanaan
What: ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225, Round 10 of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Where: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis.
When: Sunday, July 24, 2005
Television: ESPN, 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Tony Kanaan on the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225: "We have a good setup for the short ovals and Team 7-Eleven has posted good results on the 1-mile tracks. We are second in the point standings and just need to focus on cutting into Dan's advantage race by race."

Tony Kanaan Facts -- The ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 marks Kanaan's 43rd career IndyCar Series start. Kanaan has five top-three finishes in 2005 and seven top-10 finishes this season. His best efforts thus far are a victory at Kansas (July 3) and a second-place finish at St. Petersburg (April 3). Kanaan enters the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 second on the IndyCar Series driver points chart with 274 points, trailing only Klein Tools/Jim Beam teammate Dan Wheldon. Kanaan qualified on the pole position for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500. Kanaan has led 215 laps during the 2005 IndyCar Series season, including 75 at Nashville, 62 at Texas and 54 at 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 five career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003, 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004, Kansas 2005) and six IndyCar Series poles (Homestead 2003, Phoenix 2003, Pikes Peak 2003 and 2004, Michigan 2004, Indianapolis 2005).

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225: "Milwaukee presents a challenge in that it is a fast 1-mile track that doesn't have a lot of banking. So you have to find a setup that allows you to have enough grip to get around the corners but not get too bogged down on the exit. Historically, we have had a strong short-oval program so we will be looking to cut into the gap that is between us and Dan Wheldon in the points race."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , A.J. Foyt , Jim Beam