KANAAN FIGHTS TO FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 24, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan battled a slippery race track, blistering hot conditions and an ill-handling car, all while playing a strategy of fuel...
KANAAN FIGHTS TO FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 24, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan battled a slippery race track, blistering hot conditions and an ill-handling car, all while playing a strategy of fuel conservation to earn a fourth-place finish Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Kanaan started the event from the ninth position, and despite the Team 7-Eleven car not handling perfectly, he stayed among the top five throughout the 225-lap event. He moved into second place under a caution on lap 167 when the Team 7-Eleven crew elected not to make a pit stop for fuel. That gave Kanaan improved track position, but having last pitted on lap 130, he was forced to conserve fuel over the final 58 laps. Not able to race hard for the lead, Kanaan hung on to record his sixth top-five finish of the season.
Sam Hornish Jr. took the win, teammate Dario Franchitti was second, Sfollowed by Tomas checkter, Kanaan and Dan Wheldon to round out the top Sfive.
Through 10 events, Kanaan is now fourth in a very tight driver points race with 306 points, 71 shy of teammate Dan Wheldon and just three shy of second place.
Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams will now look towards the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, July 31. The event will be televised live by ESPN, beginning at 3 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: "Team 7-Eleven had a good day today. It could have been better, but you have to take what you can get. This was one of the most physically demanding races I've ever done. Between the heat and the slippery track conditions, it really was a tough race. But, we put together another top-five finish."
Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing: "We took a little bit of a gamble on strategy and were fortunate to pick up another yellow there that helped us. We just did not have a good enough car to compete for the win and that's what Tony Kanaan comes here to do every week. We just need to work on our car setup. I thought we got very good championship points based on what we had for a package today. The Team 7-Eleven guys did a good job in the pits. It was a difficult race physically for everybody. I'm proud of the whole team."