TONY KANAAN DELPHI INDY 300 PREVIEW

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Who: #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone driver Tony Kanaan
What: Delphi Indy 300, Round 14 of the Indy Racing League IndyCar? Series
Where: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois
When: Sunday, September 12, 2004
Television: ABC (Live), 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

Tony Kanaan on the Delphi Indy 300:
?I?m really looking forward to racing at Chicagoland Speedway. It is a very fast track and I expect the Team 7-Eleven car to again be very strong. My thoughts are still to take things race by race, and I hope to extend my points lead this weekend.?

Tony Kanaan Facts
? Chicagoland marks Kanaan?s 31st IndyCar Series start.
? Kanaan enters the Chicagoland event atop the IndyCar? Series point standings with 503 points; he leads Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon by 72 points and Buddy Rice by 76 points.
? Kanaan has completed all 2,705 race laps run this season, making him the only IRL IndyCar? Series driver to have completed every lap.
? Kanaan is the only IndyCar? Series driver to have both started in the top 10 and recorded a top-10 finish in all 13 outings in 2004. Additionally, he is riding a string of 12 consecutive top-five finishes.
? Kanaan?s 815 laps led this season are the most of any IndyCar? Series driver and more than twice that of the next-highest lap leader. Teammates Dan Wheldon (397) and Dario Franchitti (347) rank second and third, respectively. In leading 815 laps, Kanaan now holds the IndyCar? Series record for most laps led in a season, surpassing the previous mark of 812 by Tony Stewart (1996-97).
? With 12 top-five finishes this season, Kanaan has tied Helio Castroneves (12, 2002) for the IndyCar? Series record for most top-five finishes in a season.
? Kanaan ranks fourth among IndyCar Series career lap leaders, having led 1,156 laps.
? Kanaan has four career IndyCar? Series wins (Phoenix 2003 and 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004) and five IndyCar Series poles (Homestead 2003, Phoenix 2003, Pikes Peak 2003, Michigan 2004 and Pikes Peak 2004).

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Delphi Indy 300:
?We are approaching this race as we have every race. The goal is to start from the pole, lead the most laps and win the race. With three races left and up to 159 points available we can?t start changing the things that got us to this point in the championship.?

IRL IndyCar? Series Records Set by Andretti Green Racing in 2004
? AGR entries have won a record eight of 13 IndyCar? Series events this season.
? Andretti Green entries swept the top three positions at Nazareth on August 29 (Dan Wheldon ? 1st, Tony Kanaan - 2nd, Dario Franchitti - 3rd); the first time in IndyCar? Series history that one team has claimed all three podium positions.
? Andretti Green Racing has had at least one car in the top five in 19 consecutive IndyCar? Series events dating back to Aug. 10, 2003, which stands as the longest active streak in the series.
? Kanaan has led 815 laps, an IndyCar? Series single-season mark.

Andretti Green Racing Team Facts
? AGR has led 1,619 of 2,705 total laps run in 2004 (59.8 percent).
? Andretti Green drivers have led the IndyCar? Series point standings for 12 consecutive events in 2004, dating to Phoenix (March 21).
? Andretti Green Racing drivers occupy the top three spots among IndyCar? Series lap leaders [Kanaan ? 815 (1st), Wheldon ? 397 (2nd), Franchitti ? 347 (3rd)].
? AGR entries have been present on the front row of the IndyCar? Series grid at nine of 13 events this season.
? AGR has placed two cars in the top five of an event 18 times, including 11 of the past 12 events this season.
? Andretti Green Racing won all three night events on the 2004 IndyCar? Series schedule (Kanaan ? Texas, Nashville; Wheldon ? Richmond)

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? AGR has won every IndyCar? Series event thus far in 2004 held at tracks shorter than 1.5 miles in length (Kanaan ? Phoenix, Nashville; Wheldon ? Richmond; Franchitti ? Milwaukee, Pikes Peak).
? Andretti Green drivers occupy the top two spots in the IndyCar? Series point standings and three of the top five positions [Kanaan ? 503 (1st), Wheldon ? 431 (2nd), Franchitti ? 354 (5th)].
? Andretti Green won both the pole (Wheldon, March 20; Wheldon, April 16; Franchitti, June 10; Kanaan, August 21) and race (Kanaan, March 21; Wheldon, April 17; Kanaan, June 12; Franchitti, August 22) at Phoenix, Twin Ring Motegi, Texas and Pikes Peak.
? All four Andretti Green entries have finished in the top 10 on four occasions this season (Kansas, Kentucky, Pikes Peak and Nazareth). When they did so at the Kansas event, it marked the first time since Sept. 15, 1996 (Las Vegas) that an IndyCar? Series team has accomplished that feat.
? Andretti Green Racing has 10 wins and eight poles since joining the IndyCar? Series in 2003.
? AGR entries have combined for 51 top-five finishes in 29 career IndyCar? Series races.

The Last Time That Andretti Green Racing...
? Won an IndyCar? Series event: Nazareth, August 29, 2004 (Wheldon)
? Claimed the pole position: Pikes Peak, August 22, 2004 (Kanaan)
? Swept the front row in qualifying: Pikes Peak, August 22, 2004 (Kanaan - 1st, Wheldon - 2nd)
? Recorded a ?1-2? finish: Nazareth, August 29, 2004 (Wheldon - 1st, Kanaan - 2nd)
? Registered a ?1-2-3? finish: Nazareth, August 29, 2004 (Wheldon ? 1st, Kanaan ? 2nd, Franchitti ? 3rd)
? Placed three cars in the top five: Nazareth, August 29, 2004 (Wheldon ? 1st, Kanaan ? 2nd, Franchitti ? 3rd)
? Placed four cars in the top 10: Nazareth, August 29, 2004 (Wheldon ? 1st, Kanaan ? 2nd, Franchitti ? 3rd, Bryan Herta ? 8th)

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