IRL: Watkins Glen: Tony Kanaan preview

Tony Kanaan on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix: "Watkins Glen is a very challenging race course, and one with a lot of history. It is also our second natural road circuit. Team 7-Eleven won the last time we raced on a true road course, so ...

Tony Kanaan on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix:

"Watkins Glen is a very challenging race course, and one with a lot of history. It is also our second natural road circuit. Team 7-Eleven won the last time we raced on a true road course, so hopefully we will enjoy the same type of weekend that we had at Infineon."

Tony Kanaan Facts

The Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix marks Kanaan's 49th career IndyCar Series start.

Kanaan has seven top-three finishes in 2005 and 12 top-10 finishes this season. His best efforts are victories at Infineon (Aug. 28) and Kansas (July 3) and second-place at St. Petersburg (April 3).

Kanaan enters the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix ranked second on the IndyCar Series driver points chart with 468 points, 102 points behind leader Dan Wheldon and 12 points ahead of third place.

Kanaan currently ranks second among IndyCar Series career lap leaders, having led 1,592 laps. In 2005, he has led 343 laps, including 75 at Nashville, 62 at Texas, 54 at the Indianapolis 500, 46 at Chicagoland, 33 at Infineon, 25 at Kentucky and 24 at Michigan.

Kanaan qualified on the pole position for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Kanaan registered an IndyCar Series record string of 18-consecutive top-five finishes, dating from the second race of the 2004 season through the third event of the 2005 campaign.

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, 2004, Michigan 2004, Indianapolis 2005).

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix:

"Team 7-Eleven comes off strong performances at both the Watkins Glen open test and the Infineon race and is looking forward to racing at The Glen. Watkins Glen is very fast and physically demanding, so having Tony Kanaan at the wheel will be a definite advantage for the team. Our primary focus is to secure second in the IndyCar Series championship and winning the race is the best way to do that. Watkins Glen has such a great history, winning there would be a great accomplishment."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon