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Tony Kanaan on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix: "It's no secret that I enjoy racing on a true road circuit. Team 7-Eleven placed second last year at Watkins Glen and we have been on the podium at every road course event we've competed at with the...

Tony Kanaan on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix:
"It's no secret that I enjoy racing on a true road circuit. Team 7-Eleven placed second last year at Watkins Glen and we have been on the podium at every road course event we've competed at with the IRL. Indianapolis is behind us now; it's time to focus on the championship hunt."

Tony Kanaan Facts

The Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix marks Kanaan's 55th career IndyCar Series start.

The 2004 IndyCar Series champion finished second at the 2005 Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix.

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 has registered three-consecutive top-five finishes (fifth-Indianapolis, third-Motegi, third-St. Petersburg) since opening the season with an 11th-place effort at Homestead.

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 Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix:
"We are looking forward to going back to Watkins Glen after a strong but ultimately disappointing month of May. Last year at Watkins Glen we didn't have the speed at the end to hold onto the lead after the last pit stop so we need to continue to work hard to improve our qualifying and race performances on the road courses. Watkins Glen is a fantastic facility and very challenging for the drivers as well as car setup."

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