IRL: Texas: Race report

Kanaan Dominates at Texas For Second Win of Season FORT WORTH, Texas, June 12, 2004 -- Tony Kanaan, claimed his second IRL IndyCar Series victory of the season, dominating the Bombardier 500k at Texas Motor Speedway on June 12. Kanaan beat...

Kanaan Dominates at Texas For Second Win of Season

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 12, 2004 -- Tony Kanaan, claimed his second IRL IndyCar Series victory of the season, dominating the Bombardier 500k at Texas Motor Speedway on June 12.

Kanaan beat MBNA Pole Award winner and Andretti Green Racing teammate Dario Franchitti to the checkered flag by 0.2578 of a second.

Kanaan took over the lead in the points standings from teammate Dan Wheldon, who finished 13th.

"You have to lead the last lap," Kanaan said. "I made sure I saved everything for the last lap. The whole 7-Eleven team did a great job. AGR, first and second. Every time this year an AGR car started on the pole, we ended up winning the race and finishing second as well. Great team effort. I have great teammates."

Alex Barron, who started 21st, finished third and Sam Hornish Jr. fourth.

Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice was running among the leaders until he left with a broken driveshaft on Lap 181.

BOMBARDIER 500K POST-RACE NOTES:

This is Tony Kanaan's third career IRL IndyCar Series victory and second of the season. He also won at the Copper World Indy 200 in Phoenix in March.

This is Andretti Green Racing's third victory of the season and the fourth consecutive win for a Honda-powered team.

This is Dario Franchitti's best IRL IndyCar Series finish. His previous best finish was fourth at Pikes Peak in 2003.

Alex Barron came from the 21st starting position to third place -- his best finish of the season.

Adrian Fernandez finished fifth, his best IRL IndyCar Series finish.

Dan Wheldon did not finish, ending a streak of 10 consecutive top-10 finishes.

The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season continues with the SunTrust Indy Challenge at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on June 26 at Richmond International Raceway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and the IMS Radio Network.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Sam Hornish Jr.