Tony Kanaan on the SunTrust Indy Challenge: "I always look forward to racing at Richmond. It's a very tight, difficult track and requires so much from the driver in the way of physical stamina. You have to have your car set up perfectly...
Tony Kanaan on the SunTrust Indy Challenge:
"I always look forward to racing at Richmond. It's a very tight, difficult track and requires so much from the driver in the way of physical stamina. You have to have your car set up perfectly or it will be a long, long night. You can't carry your car around the track for very long at Richmond. Andretti Green Racing and Team 7-Eleven have been strong on the short tracks and I'm looking forward to more of the same Saturday night."
Tony Kanaan Facts
The SunTrust Indy Challenge marks Kanaan's 40th career IndyCar Series start.
Kanaan has four top-three finishes in 2005 and has had a top-10 finish in all six events this season.
His best effort is a second-place finish at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (April 3).
Kanaan qualified on the pole position for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.
The defending IndyCar Series champion drove from a 21st starting position to a third-place finish at the
XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway (March 19).
Kanaan has led 130 laps during the 2005 IndyCar Series season, including 116 over the past two events (54 at the Indianapolis 500 and 62 at Texas).
Kanaan enters the SunTrust Indy Challenge second on the IndyCar Series driver points chart with 197 points, trailing only Klein Tools/Jim Beam teammate Dan Wheldon.
Kanaan registered a string of 18-consecutive top-five finishes, a mark which set an IndyCar Series record for consecutive top-five finishes, dating from the second race of the 2004 season through the third event of the 2005 campaign.
Kanaan has four career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003, 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004) 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 tough track to get the car dialed in. The car is almost constantly turning, so handling is very important. If you don't get it right, you'll fall back in the pack and be off the lead lap very quickly."