IRL: Texas II: Honday Racing Saturday report

Kanaan ready for final title fight in Texas Honda-powered Tony Kanaan will attempt to win his first Indy Racing League drivers' championship Sunday in the 2004 IRL season-concluding event at Texas Speedway. The Brazilian is locked in a tight ...

Kanaan ready for final title fight in Texas

Honda-powered Tony Kanaan will attempt to win his first Indy Racing League drivers' championship Sunday in the 2004 IRL season-concluding event at Texas Speedway. The Brazilian is locked in a tight points battle, seven points behind tied leaders Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves, but can lock in the title with a race victory, no matter where his rivals finish.

Saturday's IndyCar activities at Texas Speedway consisted of a pair of final practice sessions, with Kenny Brack and Roger Yasukawa leading the way for Honda, running fourth and sixth in the final, combined times.

In addition to Kanaan, Dixon and Castroneves, two other drivers remain championship contenders. Sam Hornish Jr., fourth in the standings with 448 points, and pole qualifier Gil de Ferran, currently ranked fifth with 437 points, also have outside shots at the championship, as 50 points will be awarded for the race win.

The battle for IRL Rookie of the Year is also going to be decided between two Honda-powered drivers on Sunday. Yasukawa leads the chase with 281 points and will start on the inside of the eighth row, with Dan Wheldon right alongside on the starting grid and just four points back (277) in the rookie standings.

Tony Kanaan (#11 7-Eleven/Andretti Green Racing Honda) 3rd in points standings:

"I feel good for tomorrow; I'm confident. We just need to have clean pit stops and see what is going to happen. You can't predict it. This championship is going to be decided on the last lap, so we'll see what is going to happen. I'm glad the race is the only thing left in front of us."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa , Sam Hornish Jr.