IRL: Phoenix: AGR, Kanaan race report

TEAM 7-ELEVEN'S KANAAN DRIVES TO THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT PIR AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 19, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove from the 21st starting position to a third-place finish Sunday in the IRL® IndyCar® Series XM...

TEAM 7-ELEVEN'S KANAAN DRIVES TO THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT PIR

AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 19, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove from the 21st starting position to a third-place finish Sunday in the IRL® IndyCar® Series XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Starting from the last row as the result of a precautionary engine change on Friday, Kanaan rocketed the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone around the 1-mile oval, passing 11 cars on the first lap and moving into the top five 60 laps into the event. He maintained that top-five status until a last lap move saw him clinch the third-place finishing berth.

Through two events in 2005, Kanaan has 70 points and is tied for third with Helio Castroneves, 14 shy of Klein Tools/Jim Beam teammate Dan Wheldon and 20 shy of points leader Sam Hornish Jr.

Hornish earned the victory with Castroneves taking second, Kanaan placing third, ArcaEx teammate Dario Franchitti fourth and Scott Sharp finishing in fifth place.

Kanaan and the IndyCar Series return to action in two weeks when they visit the league's initial street venue in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 3. The event will be televised live by ESPN, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT). It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers by tuning into Extreme XM, channel 152.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"I had a lot of fun. I'm pleased. I think we had a car to win the race, but we had such an awkward weekend, so I'll take third place. We actually had a lot of problems during the race. We had a problem with the fuel probe, which cost us some spots and probably kept us from getting up there and really going after the win. But, this is racing."

Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"He (Tony Kanaan) makes me look awfully good. We knew we had a good car. Obviously, circumstances put us where we were. It was nobody's fault and it was out of our control. When you've got a driver like that who has confidence in his equipment, that's the package. If he's happy with the car and he is confident with what he can do, then he is going to put it in the front."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.