IndyCar star Tony Kanaan will race in the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream charity race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on June 9. Kanaan, who will test his Andretti Autosport Indy car at Watkins Glen that day, will then fly to western Ohio to compete on Eldora's half-mile, high-banked dirt oval that evening.
“I always have watched it (the Prelude) on TV, and when (Juan Pablo) Montoya made his first attempt a few years ago, some guys I know said they'd like to see me driving on the dirt,” Kanaan said. “It will be difficult. I'll be jumping out of a full-day test and go straight to a car that I've never seen before in my life. It's about having fun, it's for a good cause and I'm excited.”
The event will be presented live on HBO Pay-Per-View at 7 p.m. ET, with net proceeds from the telecast benefiting four children's hospitals. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team owner/driver Tony Stewart owns Eldora and organizes the popular race.
Kanaan will join top drivers such as Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Travis Pastrana, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Carmichael, Jeff Gordon and others, to race 2,300lb Late Model stock cars at Eldora. The field will be broken up into four teams, with drivers competing in hot laps, qualifying, heat races and a 30-lap feature.
“It's an amazing lineup of drivers and we're all competing for such a good cause,” added Kanaan. “It's very rare for me to get a chance to drive something other than my Indy car and to not have to race with points in mind. I'm not saying I'm going to do anything crazy because the goal is to help my team win, but I'm definitely going to have some fun next week.”