Tony Kanaan on the SunTrust Indy Challenge: "Richmond is one of my favorite tracks because although it is an oval it drives like a road course. It's very tight, you have to upshift and downshift several times per lap and it requires so much from...
Tony Kanaan on the SunTrust Indy Challenge:
"Richmond is one of my favorite tracks because although it is an oval it drives like a road course. It's very tight, you have to upshift and downshift several times per lap and it requires so much from the driver in the way of physical stamina. You have to have the car set up perfectly or you will be in for a very long night."
Tony Kanaan Facts
* The SunTrust Indy Challenge marks Kanaan's 57 th career IndyCar Series start.
* The 2004 IndyCar Series champion's best finish at Richmond has been fifth (2004 and 2003).
* Kanaan both qualified and finished fifth in the 90 thrunning of the Indianapolis 500.
* Kanaan qualified on the pole position for the 2005 Indianapolis 500.
* Kanaan registered three-consecutive top-five finishes (fifth-Indianapolis, third-Motegi, third-St. Petersburg) before having the string broken at Watkins Glen.
* Thus far in 2006 Kanaan has qualified outside of the top-five on just one occasion (Texas).
* Kanaan finished the 2005 season ranked second on the IndyCar Series driver points standings.
* Kanaan also set an IndyCar Series record with 25 consecutive races finished, having completed 25 consecutive events dating from the 14th race of the 2003 season (Chicagoland, Sept. 7) through the sixth event of the 2005 campaign (Texas, June 11).
* Kanaan has six career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003, 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004, Kansas 2005, Infineon 2005) and six IndyCar Series poles (Homestead 2003, Phoenix 2003, Pikes Peak 2003 and 2004, Michigan 2004, Indianapolis 2005).
Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer,
#11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the SunTrust Indy Challenge:
"Richmond is a challenge because it is the shortest oval that we run. The corners are very tight and highly banked and like most mile ovals the car balance has to be right. Because of the two-day schedule there is no room for mistakes so having a good result Saturday night not only relies on things going well in the race but things going well from the first lap of the first practice session. Racing at night is always a challenge as the conditions constantly change but there is nothing like IndyCars running under the lights."