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Tony Kanaan on the Bombardier Learjet 500: "Texas is a track where I have always enjoyed good results. Plus my sponsor, 7-Eleven, is located in the area and always has a big presence at the track. Hopefully, I can get my second Texas victory ...

Tony Kanaan on the Bombardier Learjet 500:

"Texas is a track where I have always enjoyed good results. Plus my sponsor, 7-Eleven, is located in the area and always has a big presence at the track. Hopefully, I can get my second Texas victory this weekend."

Tony Kanaan Facts

The Bombardier Learjet 500 marks Kanaan's 56th career IndyCar Series start.

The 2004 IndyCar Series champion has one victory at Texas (June 2004).

Kanaan finished third at the 2005 Bombardier Learjet 500.

Kanaan both qualified and finished fifth in the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan qualified on the pole position for the 2005 Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan registered three-consecutive top-five finishes                  .
(fifth-Indianapolis, third-Motegi, third-St Petersburg) before having  .
the string broken last weekend at Watkins Glen                         .

Thus far in 2006 Kanaan has not qualified outside of the top-five.

Kanaan finished the 2005 season ranked second on the IndyCar Series driver points chart with 548 points, 80 points behind the series champion.

Kanaan also set an IndyCar Series record with 25 consecutive races finished, having completed 25 consecutive events dating from the 14th race of the 2003 season (Chicagoland, Sept. 7) through the sixth event of the 2005 campaign (Texas, June 11).

Kanaan has six career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003, 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004, Kansas 2005, Infineon 2005) 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 Bombardier Learjet 500:

"Setting up a car for Texas is difficult because the racing is close in proximity to other cars. The downforce is constantly changing depending on where the driver places the car relative to traffic. The key is to have just enough to keep the driver confident to stay full throttle in any situation. The mechanical setup has to work well over bumps yet still support the aerodynamic platform, which is always a compromise."

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