IRL: Motegi: Tony Kanaan preview

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Who: #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone driver Tony Kanaan
What: Bridgestone Indy Japan 300, Round 3 of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series
Where: Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan
When: Saturday, April 17, 2004
Television: ESPN2 (Live), Friday, April 16 at 11:30 p.m. (EDT)

Tony Kanaan on the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300

"I've been close so many times in Japan, so I feel really good about going back there. We have all the tools, equipment and resources to get it done, so hopefully luck will be on our side this time. I would love to get Honda its first win there and would love to get another win for Team 7-Eleven, so we'll see what happens. It will just be a matter of finishing and having a good car."

Tony Kanaan Facts

* Twin Ring Motegi marks Kanaan's 20th IndyCar Series start

* Kanaan is fresh off his second career IndyCar Series win at Phoenix International Raceway, where he led 191 of the 200 laps on his way to victory

* Kanaan led six times for 70 laps at Twin Ring Motegi in 2003 before crashing with Scott Dixon on lap 177; the incident left Kanaan with a broken left wrist and a laceration and bruise to his upper thigh; he underwent surgery on his wrist two days later

* For the second consecutive year, Kanaan enters the Japan event as the IndyCar Series points leader

* Kanaan has three career IndyCar Series poles, all in 2003 (Homestead, Phoenix, Pikes Peak)

* Kanaan has led the IndyCar Series point standings after 10 of the past 18 races

Andretti Green Racing Team Facts

* Andretti Green Racing has three wins and four poles in the IndyCar Series

* Andretti Green won both the pole (Dan Wheldon, March 20) and race (Kanaan, March 21) at Phoenix

* Andretti Green has had at least one car in the top-five in eight consecutive IndyCar Series events dating back to Aug. 10, 2003, which stands as the longest active streak in the series

* AGR entries have combined for 25 top-five finishes in 18 career IndyCar Series races

* AGR has placed two cars in the top-five of an event eight times

* AGR has fielded at least three cars in each IndyCar Series event it has entered

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing on Bridgestone Indy Japan 300:

"Giving yourself the best opportunity to win any race is all about preparation and I believe this is the best prepared we've ever been heading to Japan, both on the part of Andretti Green Racing and on the part of Honda. This is always a tough race. It's a challenging race track and a fast race track. But, we've got four drivers and four teams that are working very well together and that is very important. I feel pretty good about the four race cars and team we're taking over there.

"Obviously, this would be a great victory for us to deliver to Honda and to the team. A lot of people say there is luck in racing. In our case, we need to try to take the luck out of it as much as possible and control our own destiny."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Kim Green