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INDYAugust 10, 2003
American IndyCar Series Round 11
Gateway International Raceway

Tony Kanaan Captures 2nd Place
Regains Lead in Overall Standings

Tony Kanaan of Andretti Green Racing drove his Honda Indy V-8 Dallara to second place from third in qualifying to recapture the lead in the drivers' standings in Round 11 of the IndyCar Series at Gateway International Raceway in Illinois, the first of three races being held this August.

Located on the opposite bank of the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the blues, Gateway International Raceway has a similar layout to Twin Ring Motegi in Japan with its differing radius at turns 1 and 2 and turns 3 and 4. Its long, thin shape makes it an extremely technical course that requires constant gear changing and braking, shifting down going into the tight corners and shifting back up entering the straights.

With bumps at turns 3 and 4 making the course even more difficult, four Honda Indy V-8 drivers made it into the top ten during qualifying, Kenny Brack of Team Reysol clinching second place on the outside of the front row of the grid followed by Kanaan in third, teammate Bryan Herta in sixth and Roger Yasugawa of Super Aguri Fernandez Racing in ninth.

More than 35,000 fans took over the grandstand on a typically hot and sunny summers day to see the race get underway at 2:00pm. When the green flag fell, Brack and Kanaan drove boldly to establish a one-two lead for Honda Indy V-8 drivers. Brack was forced to retire due to electrical trouble halfway through this high speed race free of pit accidents, but Kanaan kept within the leading group throughout, leading for 21 laps and crossing the finish line in second place from third on the grid. The winner by 0.8466 seconds was pole sitter Helio Castroneves of Team Penske.

Kanaan had slipped from first to second in the overall standings after Round 10, but the 40 points he secured with today's second place finish is enough to restore his championship lead as standings leader Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing suffered gearbox trouble and could only manage 15th place. Third place for Team Penske's Gil de Ferran lifts him to second in the championship, just seven points behind Kanaan, while Dixon drops to fourth in the standings. Yasugawa qualified in ninth and retired on lap 90 after an accident, but still keeps his top place among the rookie drivers. Chasing him is fellow Honda Indy V-8 driver Dan Weldon of Andretti Green Racing, who finished in the top five for the second time this season to close the gap between the two rookies to 26 points.

American IndyCar Series Round 11
Gateway International Raceway
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1 Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Team Penske)
2 Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green Racing)
3 Gil de Ferran (Marlboro Team Penske)
4 Tomas Scheckter (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
5 Dan Wheldon (Andretti Green Racing)
6 Sam Hornish Jr. (Pennzoil Panther Racing)
7 Tora Takagi (Pioneer Mo Nunn Racing)
8 Greg Ray (Access Motorsports)
9 Vitor Meira (Team Menard)
10 Scott Sharp (Kelley Racing)
18 Roger Yasukawa (Super Aguri Fernandez Racing)
19 Kenny Brack (Team Rahal)
21 Bryan Herta (Andretti Green Racing)
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