IRL: Texas II: AGR, Kanaan race report

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Drives to Runner-Up Finish at Texas FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 17, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove from the eighth starting position to a second-place finish in the Texas 500 Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Drives to Runner-Up Finish at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 17, 2004) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove from the eighth starting position to a second-place finish in the Texas 500 Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway and, in the process, punctuated his 2004 Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series championship-winning season.

Kanaan, who has wheeled the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone to a league-record 15 straight top-five finishes, took a restart on lap 198 in third position, trailing eventual winner Helio Castroneves and Klein Tools/Jim Beam teammate Dan Wheldon. On the race's final lap, Kanaan and Wheldon raced side-by-side to the checkered flag with Kanaan edging his teammate by a scant margin.

Castroneves earned the victory with Kanaan and Wheldon second and third, followed by Vitor Meira and Adrian Fernandez.

Kanaan concludes his championship-winning season with 618 points, the most ever by an IndyCar Series champion, as well as setting an IndyCar Series record by completing all 3,305 laps of competition this season.

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

"At the end, I only had one shot. I was just trying to keep up behind Dan and Helio and that wasn't possible, so I set myself up to pass Dan on the last corner and it worked pretty well. It's a good way to finish the season, not just for Team 7-Eleven but for all of Andretti Green Racing, to finish every lap of every race. We've set ourselves up, because it's going to be hard to match this. We always try to get better each year and we're going to have to work very hard to make next year as good as this season."

Michael Andretti, Chief Executive Officer, Andretti Green Racing:

"This season was just a total team effort. Every member of Team 7-Eleven did their job this year, along with Honda, Firestone and especially Tony keeping out of trouble. To finish every lap of competition is just an extraordinary feat, and that's a total team effort."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam , Vitor Meira