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MOTEGI, Japan (April 21, 2006) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan will start from the fifth position for Saturday's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi after rain cancelled ...

MOTEGI, Japan (April 21, 2006) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan will start from the fifth position for Saturday's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi after rain cancelled qualification attempts and the field was set based on entrant points entering the event.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We spent today's session working towards making the Team 7-Eleven car a comfortable race car. It was the same for everybody; just a short amount of track time to get it all figured out. The track will only get better as the race goes on so it should be very exciting. Some cars will be moving up through the field and others are going to be dropping back. I'm looking to go towards the front."

Dario Franchitti, driver of the #27 Klein Tools/Jim Beam machine, will start 10th in the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 from Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan. The qualifying session for Saturday's race was cancelled due to rain. Because there was insufficient practice time for all cars, the starting grid was set based on entrant points.

Dario Franchitti, #27 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"When we started the practice session, the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car seemed very quick, but the track conditions changed and we didn't keep up with them. We have some work to do overnight to come up with answers for the race tomorrow."

Bryan Herta, driver of the #7 XM Satellite Radio car, will start on the inside of row four for the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300. The qualifying session for Saturday's race was cancelled due to weather that has plagued the area all weekend. Because there was insufficient practice time for all cars, the starting grid was set based on entrant points.

Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"The big problem is that we just didn't get very much practice in because of all the rain. Because of that, it's difficult to find the right balance for your car. The XM Satellite Radio team still has some work to do, but we'll be ready to race tomorrow."

Marco Andretti and the #26 NYSE car will start from the 17th position for Saturday's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi after rain cancelled qualification attempts and the field was set based on entrant points entering the event.

Marco Andretti, #26 NYSE Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"Since we didn't qualify this afternoon we spent the entire session working on long, full fuel runs with the NYSE car and working with the tools in the cockpit. There's quite a bit of difference in the car from the beginning of the run until the end. I really like the track and I think we have a good race car."

The third event of the 2006 IndyCar Series season is set to go green at 12 a.m. (EDT) Saturday with ESPN providing broadcast coverage of the 200-lap event on a delay-basis beginning at 12 p.m. (EDT). The race may also be heard on XM Satellite Radio on XM channel 145.

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Marco Andretti , Jim Beam