IRL: Richmond: Tony Kanaan race report

TEAM 7-ELEVEN'S KANAAN SUFFERS 'DNF' AT RICHMOND RICHMOND, Va. (June 25, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan spun to avoid making contact with a teammate, resulting in damage to his rear suspension and a 19th place finish Saturday night...

TEAM 7-ELEVEN'S KANAAN SUFFERS 'DNF' AT RICHMOND

RICHMOND, Va. (June 25, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan spun to avoid making contact with a teammate, resulting in damage to his rear suspension and a 19th place finish Saturday night at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway.

Starting from the 22nd position, Kanaan worked the Team 7-Eleven car up as high as ninth within the first 90 laps of the 250-lap event. But on lap 150, Kanaan entered Turns 3 and 4 and tried to go under his teammate, Bryan Herta. When Herta began to move down on Kanaan, the defending IndyCar Series champion went down onto the apron, intentionally spinning the #11 car. The spin resulted in contact with the wall, damaging Kanaan's front wing and bending the rear suspension. This was his first 'did-not-finish' since the Nazareth race in August, 2003.

Helio Castroneves went on to earn the victory with teammate Dario Franchitti finishing second Patrick Carpentier was third, Tomas Scheckter fourth, and teammate Dan Wheldon placed fifth.

Through seven events, Kanaan resides second in the driver point standings, 83 points shy of Wheldon.

Next up for Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams will be the Argent Mortgage Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, July 3. The event will be televised live by ESPN, beginning at 1:30 p.m. (EDT). It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers by tuning into Extreme XM, channel 152.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"I had a run on Bryan (Herta) and I went on the inside, I don't know if he saw me or not, but he came down and I didn't want to hit him. The last thing I want to do is hit my teammate so I went down on the apron and spun. Thank God I didn't take him out but it was a tough break for Team 7-Eleven. It's our first DNF in over a year-and-a-half. I knew it was going to happen someday and today was that day."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"It was a pretty tough weekend in the end. Starting last at a race track like this; this is a real bullring. It was very exciting for everybody, including us. Tony drove a great race and worked his way up as high as ninth at one point. He just tried to pass his teammate and his teammate didn't know he was there and rather than take both of them out, Tony tried to spin the car and save it, but he ended up losing his front wing and bending his suspension. It was a pretty heads-up move to avoid taking out two cars. But it's been a very long time since he's not finished a race. We still have a solid position in the championship."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Patrick Carpentier , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Kim Green