IRL: Phoenix: AGR, Tony Kanaan preview

Tony Kanaan on the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200: "Phoenix International Raceway has been very good to me. I love to race at PIR and feel very comfortable racing there. It is a very difficult track to find the proper car setup. Fortunately, Team...

Tony Kanaan on the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200:

"Phoenix International Raceway has been very good to me. I love to race at PIR and feel very comfortable racing there. It is a very difficult track to find the proper car setup. Fortunately, Team 7-Eleven has been lucky enough to get the best out of the car whenever we've raced there. I would love to be able to leave the track Saturday evening as a three-time champion at PIR."

Tony Kanaan Facts

Phoenix International Raceway marks Kanaan's 35th career IndyCar Series start.

The defending IndyCar Series champion has won the last two IndyCar Series events at PIR.

Kanaan placed third at the season-opening Homestead-Miami Indy 300.

Kanaan led eight laps at the Homestead-Miami Indy 300.

Kanaan has now recorded a string of 16 consecutive top-five finishes and now holds the IndyCar Series record for consecutive top-five finishes with 16, dating to the second race of the 2004 season.

Kanaan has four career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003, 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004) and

five IndyCar Series poles (Homestead 2003, Phoenix 2003, Pikes Peak 2003, 2004, Michigan 2004).

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200:

"With this being a two-day event, the strength of having a four-car team, as well our coming off of a strong test at PIR, should be a benefit. We have been strong there, with Tony winning the last two years and taking the pole two years ago and Dan (Wheldon) starting on pole last season. Having a quick car in qualifying is probably as important as having a good race car because it is so difficult to pass at Phoenix. You really have two races at Phoenix; qualifying and then the race itself. With a two-day race weekend, it's a big advantage to have four cars and drivers from which to gain information."

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