Tony Kanaan To Again Lead Team 7-Eleven in 2006 IndyCar Series Championship Hunt
Indianapolis, Ind. (Dec. 20, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan will return to the cockpit of the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone in pursuit of the 2006 Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series.
Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar Series Champion, was runner-up in the 2005 championship campaign. The season saw him record victories at Nashville and Infineon Raceway, giving him six career IndyCar Series victories and making him one of just four drivers to win multiple races during the year.
The 2005 season also saw Kanaan complete a series-record string of 18-consecutive top- five finishes (dating back to the 2004 season) as well as set an IndyCar Series record with 25 consecutive races finished (dating to the June, 2003 Texas race and ending at Richmond in 2005). Kanaan led 375 laps in 2005, upping his career total to 1,624 and moving him into second place among IndyCar Series career lap leaders.
Over his IndyCar Series career, Kanaan has made 50 starts, resulting in six victories, 36 top-fives, 42 top-10 finishes and six pole awards.
Kanaan will team with four-time IndyCar Series winner Dario Franchitti, two-time IndyCar Series winner Bryan Herta and Marco Andretti, son of team co-owner Michael Andretti and grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti in the four-car Andretti Green Racing stable. And, for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500, the quartet of drivers will be joined by team owner Michael Andretti as Andretti Green Racing attempts to win consecutive Indianapolis 500-mile races.
The 2006 IndyCar Series schedule begins Sunday, March 26, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 14-race schedule features 11 oval tracks, two permanent road courses and one temporary street course.
Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Team 7-Eleven has accomplished a lot over the past three seasons," said Kanaan. "We won a championship two years ago and finished second this past year so I'm ready to win another one. But Team 7-Eleven goes much further than just me or the crew. It extends to everyone involved with our program, including 7-Eleven's vendors, suppliers and the people who operate the various franchises. It has been because of this collective effort that we have achieved what we have. Now we need to focus on 2006 and see what we can achieve."
Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing: "There may not be a fiercer competitor, nor a better corporate spokesperson than Tony Kanaan. His conduct and performance since joining Team 7-Eleven and Andretti Green Racing have been nothing short of remarkable. You always know that he will give it his best on the track and that's all you can ask. I believe that we'll see Tony and Team-7 Eleven at the front of the IndyCar Series championship fight again this year."