Mouser Electronics, Inc., regarded as a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today congratulates Tony Kanaan on his hard charging third-place finish at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 held June 23-24 weekend. This race builds on Kanaan's second place finish last week at the Milwaukee IndyFest.
Kanaan, racing in the No. 11 GEICO/MOUSER ELECTRONICS – KV Racing Technology Chevrolet/Firestone IndyCar, won his 30-lap qualifying-heat race. However he was forced to start in 19th position due to an engine change. Kanaan immediately picked up two places before the race ever went green when Alex Tagliani spun off on the opening lap under yellow and Dario Franchitti's Honda engine failed on the second lap, also under yellow. When the green flag finally fell on lap 10, Kanaan, demonstrating his trademark skill and determination, moved up quickly through the field. By lap 34, he was in the top-10 and in the top-five by lap 88. Following his final pit stop on lap 182, Kanaan engaged in wheel-to-wheel battles with the race leader Ryan Hunter-Reay, then Helio Castroneves, and finally Simon Pagenaud for a spot in the top-three. On lap 244, Kanaan got by Scott Dixon, who had fallen from first place and then on lap 246, he passed Pagenaud earning third place. One lap later, the yellow flag came out for a crash by Katherine Legge ending any hope of a victory as the race ended under caution.
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"Throughout the year, Tony has demonstrated incredible racing skill and an uncanny track sense by consistently closing ground and gaining several positions," stated Larry Johannes, Mouser Electronics' Vice President of Strategic Marketing. "Every time Tony gets behind the wheel, he has amazed us with his ability to pass other drivers and put himself in a position to fight for a top finish. It's just a matter of time before he takes the checkered flag."
"It was a great day for us," Kanaan said. "I wished we had started further up the field, but the GEICO/MOUSER guys gave me a great car. We don't take the podium finish for granted, but I think we had a car that could have won the race. There were lots of dodgy moves out there. People were driving kind of crazy. I hope the fans liked the race."
To view a video interview with Tony Kanaan, visit http://mou.sr/GSTKHT.
This year so far, Kanaan has collected five top-six showings in the first nine races of the 2012 season – highlighted by an impressive podium finish at this year's Indy 500. The next IZOD IndyCar Series event is the Honda Indy Toronto in Ontario, on Sunday, July 8. The track is a street circuit with 11 turns and is 2.824-km or 1.755-mi in length. The circuit makes its way through the streets of downtown Toronto near Exhibition Place and the beautiful Lake Ontario.
Mouser's comprehensive IndyCar racing program provides a high-tech platform to showcase its valued supplier partnerships and to connect with the industry's top design engineers and electronic component buyers. Engineers are also invited to take the Mouser 500 Challenge, a series of three engineering challenges to help find design solutions to various technical problems relating to the high-tech, high-speed sport of IndyCar racing.
Joining Mouser as co-sponsors for the 2012 Izod® IndyCar Series are TTI, Inc, Murata, Molex, TE Connectivity, Phoenix Contact, Littelfuse, KEMET, Ohmite, Hammond, Harwin, ebm-papst, Omron, BIVAR, Fluke, and Amphenol.