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Kanaan's IRL win a fight to the finish

By Associated Press
Published June 13, 2004

FORT WORTH, Texas - Tony Kanaan regained the lead with 12 laps left and beat teammate Dario Franchitti to win the IndyCar Series race Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

While the race missed the 220-mph speeds and much of the three-wide racing that had become characteristic at the 11/2-mile, high-banked track, Kanaan won with a last dash to the finish.

Just one lap after a restart from the caution that knocked Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice out of the race, Kanaan overtook another Andretti Green Racing teammate, Dan Wheldon.

Wheldon and Helio Castroneves were 1-2 on the restart, but both were trying to run the last 72 laps without a stop. They didn't have enough fuel to keep up the pace, or finish.

Kanaan flew by Wheldon and was joined by pole-sitter Franchitti soon after the green flag as Castroneves quickly dropped four spots. They stayed 1-2 the rest of the race, and Kannan won by a quarter of a second.

LE MANS: Tom Kristensen of Denmark started his run at a record-tying sixth win when the grueling 24-hour race kicked off. Audi, which won the French endurance classic from 2000-02, looked set to dominate again as its cars quickly grabbed the first four places. Kristensen, attempting to match a Le Mans record held by Belgian Jackie Ickx, held second place after nearly three hours of racing, behind Jamie Davies. Davies, who started from the pole after co-driver Johnny Herbert led qualifying Thursday, retained the lead on the first lap on the winding 8.46-mile circuit.

FORMULA ONE: Ralf Schumacher won his fifth pole and starts today's Canadian Grand Prix from the front of the 20-car field. Schumacher took advantage of being last to qualify, posting a lap of 1 minute, 12.275 seconds (134.974 mph) and knocking BAR-Honda's Jenson Button (1:12.341) off the pole. Both bested the record 1:12.836 set in 2002 by Juan Pablo Montoya.

NHRA: Cruz Pedregon earned the top Funny Car qualifying position for the first time since 1998 at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway in Kirkersville, Ohio. Brandon Bernstein (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Andrew Hines (Pro Stock Bike) were the fastest in their divisions. Pedregon earned the 30th No. 1 qualifying position of his career.

[Last modified June 13, 2004, 01:00:13]


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