DEBRIS SPELLS END OF RACE FOR KANAAN AT NASHVILLE LEBANON, Tenn. (July 16, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan saw his dominant effort come to a premature end Saturday night at the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 200 at ...
DEBRIS SPELLS END OF RACE FOR KANAAN AT NASHVILLE
LEBANON, Tenn. (July 16, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan saw his dominant effort come to a premature end Saturday night at the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway when he ran over a piece of debris, resulting in contact with the Turn 1 wall.
Kanaan started the event from the seventh position and had moved into the top five by the end of the first lap. Quick pit work on lap 31 saw Kanaan exit pit lane with the lead, an advantage he would hold for the next 75 laps. But it would be for naught, as on lap 116 Kanaan ran over a piece of debris (deposited by another car) as he entered Turn 1. The debris damaged the right-front suspension of the #11 Team 7-Eleven car, sending both he and Darren Manning into the Turn 2 wall.
Teammate Dario Franchitti earned the victory, followed by Sam Hornish Jr. in second, Patrick Carpentier in third, Scott Sharp fourth and Helio Castroneves in fifth place.
Through nine events, Kanaan resides second in the driver point standings with 274 points, 73 shy of teammate Dan Wheldon.
Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams will now look towards the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile on Sunday, July 24. The event will be televised live by ESPN, beginning at 2:30 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 think they called debris and I was slowing down, but I think the debris hit my front suspension and it just shattered it. It just broke. It was a shame because we had a good race going, trying to get our second win in a row. When it's not your day it's not your day. You can't have good luck all the time."
Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:
"Team 7-Eleven had a good car, but obviously suffered a big failure after we hit some debris. Obviously, two of our other cars dropped out with what appeared to be wheel bearing problems. That's not normally 'AGR.' We're pretty good at putting cars together that are very, very reliable. We certainly had fast cars tonight, but you can't win with fast cars if you don't finish. We just need to have a look at what happened and fix the problem. It's just great to see Dario win. He's been fast all year and it was good to see him get over the hump."