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Tony Kanaan on the Copper World Indy 200 "I definitely have good memories from our win at Phoenix last year. Obviously, we tested the Team 7-Eleven car there with everybody else last month and I think we have a decent car. It will be a tough...

Tony Kanaan on the Copper World Indy 200

"I definitely have good memories from our win at Phoenix last year. Obviously, we tested the Team 7-Eleven car there with everybody else last month and I think we have a decent car. It will be a tough race on a one-mile oval. It will just be a matter of working hard. I expect it to be very competitive, so qualifying well will be really important. We'll see, but I'm excited. I really like the style of the track. It has two completely different corners and requires you to set up your car the way that I like it, which is kind of loose."

Tony Kanaan Facts

Homestead marks Kanaan's 18th IndyCar Series start

Kanaan is the defending pole winner and defending race winner of this event

Kanaan led 79 of the 200 laps at Phoenix in 2003 on the way to recording his first IndyCar Series win and one of nine top-five finishes last season

Kanaan is coming off an eighth-place finish in the IndyCar Series season-opener at Homestead (Feb. 29)

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

Kanaan led the IndyCar Series point standings after a league-high nine races in 2003 and finished fourth in the final standings

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"There's a pretty good amount of confidence for our whole team going back to Phoenix based on our performance there last year. For Tony, the attention will be on whether he can successfully defend his title and we think we're certainly capable of doing that.

"Our test there was good. We came away with some new information. The cars are different than they were last year. The cars have less downforce than they had at Phoenix a year ago because of the rule change the IRL made, so I think the track is going to be more of a challenge during the race weekend. A lot of that will probably depend on the weather we get. If it's hot, the best car there will have a distinct advantage. If it's cool, I think the field will be a lot closer."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Kim Green