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Tony Kanaan - Indy 500 Winner

Indy Champ Kanaan, KV Team Gearing Up for Sonoma Grand Prix

Mouser Electronics, Inc., a leading global distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, congratulates Tony Kanaan for his history-making 211th consecutive IndyCar start at Sunday’s Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Kanaan, driving the Mouser-sponsored KV Racing Technology No. 11 car, started Sunday’s race 16th, but was hit from behind on the opening lap. Despite the incident, Kanaan charged into the top-10. Faced with a challenging race, Kanaan was undaunted, showing his characteristic determination and driving skills, fighting all the way to the finish line.

"The left-rear of the car was damaged early in the race and made it almost impossible to turn right,” Kanaan explained after the race. “But, given how tough this whole weekend has been I am just happy to have brought the car home in one piece. We fought hard, had to recover from a drive-through penalty and still managed to work our way back into the top-10. Unfortunately, in the end we just didn't have enough to maintain that position."

Kanaan’s consecutive start streak began on June 24, 2001 at Portland after missing the previous race, the Detroit Grand Prix (due to a concussion received in an accident during qualifying). He went on to compete in 14 races in 2001 and has competed in every race over the past 12 seasons, tying the 211th consecutive race record set by KV Racing co-owner Jimmy Vasser.

Kanaan won the inaugural IndyCar race in Sonoma in 2005. The champion driver followed that up with a 3rd place finish at Sonoma in 2008, bracketed between 4th place finishes in both 2007 and 2009. He also was among a small group of drivers who made several test runs on the Sonoma track this past February.

“The track is very challenging with the blind corners and elevation changes, but I love racing there,” Kanaan said.

The 38-year-old Brazilian now is 11th in the IndyCar Series Championship standings with 331 points on the strength of six top-10 finishes including five top-five showings, three podium finishes and a victory at the 2013 Indianapolis 500. He has been nominated for the ESPY Award (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award), an accolade presented by the cable television network ESPN.

“Mouser is very proud to be a part of this incredible racing season with Tony and the entire KV Racing team,” said Todd McAtee, Mouser Vice President of Business Development. “The Indy 500 victory in May was truly amazing, and now this “most consecutive starts record” gives Tony another achievement in racing history. It has been so exciting to watch.”

Now Kanaan and the KV Racing team are preparing for the Baltimore Grand Prix this Labor Day weekend. The race will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 1 p.m. CDT.

Mouser is an official partner of the 2013 KV Racing Technology #11 IZOD IndyCar Series team. This year’s valued co-sponsors include TTI, Inc, Sager, Amphenol, Bivar, ebm-papst, Fluke, Hammond Manufacturing, Harwin, LEMO, Molex, Murata, NKK Switches, Ohmite, and Phoenix Contact.

Mouser first sponsored IndyCar in 2011 as an innovative way to communicate its performance-driven business model and promote the newest technologies and how they affect the high-tech world of IndyCar racing. Since every advanced, sophisticated component that goes into an IndyCar is all about precision and gaining a performance edge out on the track, IndyCar provides the perfect vehicle to build top-of-mind awareness for Mouser and its industry-leading manufacturers.

As this year’s Indy 500 champ, Kanaan still is in contention for a $250,000 share of the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown bonus if he wins Oct. 19 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The 2013 IZOD IndyCar series features 19 races. The IndyCar series travels next California, to the Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 25. For the latest updates on Mouser’s IndyCar news and Tony Kanaan, visit http://www.mouser.com/indy-racing/.