IRL: Nazareth: AGR, Tony Kanaan preview

Tony Kanaan on the Firestone Indy 225: "I am looking forward to racing at Nazareth this weekend. With this being the final race at what is the 'home' track for the Andretti family, it would be a great honor to be able to win this weekend and ...

Tony Kanaan on the Firestone Indy 225:

"I am looking forward to racing at Nazareth this weekend. With this being the final race at what is the 'home' track for the Andretti family, it would be a great honor to be able to win this weekend and dedicate the race to them. Team 7-Eleven has been very strong this season and I'm confident we'll have another strong run. When it comes to the championship, I am taking things race by race and my focus is on this weekend's event."

Tony Kanaan Facts
*Nazareth marks Kanaan's 30th IndyCar Series start.
*This will mark Kanaan's fifth appearance at Nazareth Speedway.
*Kanaan has completed all 2,480 race laps run this season, making him the only IndyCar Series driver to have completed every lap.
*Kanaan is the only IRL IndyCar Series driver to have both started in the top 10 and recorded a top-10 finish in all 12 outings in 2004. Additionally, he is riding a string of 11 consecutive top-five finishes.
*Kanaan's 813 laps led this season are the most of any IndyCar Series driver, more than twice that of the next-highest lap leader. Teammates Dario Franchitti (347) and Dan Wheldon (318) rank second and third, respectively.
*In leading 813 laps this season, Kanaan holds the IndyCar Series record for most laps led in a season, surpassing the previous mark of 812 by Tony Stewart (1996-97).
*Kanaan ranks fourth among IndyCar Series career lap leaders, having led 1,154 laps.
*Kanaan enters the Nazareth event atop the IndyCar Series point standings with 463 points; he leads Buddy Rice by 68 points and Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon by 82 points.
*Kanaan has four career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003 and 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004) and five IndyCar Series poles (Homestead 2003, Phoenix 2003, Pikes Peak 2003, Michigan 2004 and Pikes Peak 2004).

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Firestone Indy 225:

"Nazareth is about as close as you can have to being a three-corner road course. We were running strong there last year until circumstances took us out, and we're looking forward to continuing our string of top-five finishes. Our goals haven't changed, we're looking to lead the most laps and win the race. The championship will take care of itself."

Andretti Green Racing Team Facts
*Andretti Green Racing entries have won seven of 12 IndyCar Series events this season.
*AGR has led 1,538 of 2,480 total laps run in 2004 (62.0 percent).
*Andretti Green drivers have led the IndyCar Series point standings for 11 consecutive events in 2004, dating to Phoenix (March 21).
*Andretti Green Racing drivers occupy the top three spots among IndyCar Series lap leaders [Kanaan - 813 (1st), Franchitti - 347 (2nd), Wheldon - 318 (3rd)].
*AGR entries have been present on the front row of the IndyCar Series grid at nine of 12 events this season.
*Andretti Green Racing has had at least one car in the top five in 18 consecutive IndyCar Series events dating back to Aug. 10, 2003, which stands as the longest active streak in the series.
*AGR has placed two cars in the top five of an event 17 times, including 10 of the past 11 events this season.
*Andretti Green Racing won all three night events on the 2004 IndyCar Series schedule (Tony Kanaan - Texas, Nashville; Dan Wheldon - Richmond).
*AGR has won every IndyCar Series event thus far in 2004 held at tracks shorter than 1.5 miles in length (Kanaan - Phoenix, Nashville; Wheldon - Richmond; Franchitti - Milwaukee, Pikes Peak).
*Andretti Green drivers occupy two of the top three spots in the IndyCarSeries point standings [Kanaan - 463 (1st), Wheldon - 381 (3rd)].
*Andretti Green won both the pole (Wheldon, March 20; Wheldon, April 16; Franchitti, June 10; Kanaan, August 21) and race (Kanaan, March 21; Wheldon, April 17; Kanaan, June 12; Franchitti, August 22) at Phoenix, Twin Ring Motegi, Texas and Pikes Peak.
*All four Andretti Green entries have finished in the top 10 on three occasions this season (Kansas, Kentucky and Pikes Peak). When they did so at the Kansas event, it marked the first time since Sept. 15, 1996 (Las Vegas) that an IRL IndyCar Series team has accomplished that feat.
*Andretti Green Racing has nine wins and eight poles since joining the IndyCar Series in 2003.
*AGR entries have combined for 48 top-five finishes in 28 career IndyCar Series races.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Jim Beam