#11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone driver Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:
"It seems like it's been more than just two years since I last competed on a street course. Personally I'm really excited about racing through the streets of St. Petersburg and am very well prepared, both physically and mentally. St. Petersburg is an amazing city to visit. The track is designed such that we should put on a great show and I feel very confident that Team 7-Eleven will record another good result."
Tony Kanaan Facts
The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg marks Kanaan's 36th career IndyCar Series start.
The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, a 1.8-mile, 14-turn street circuit, will be the first non-oval event in IndyCar Series history.
Kanaan has placed third each of the first two IndyCar Series events in 2005.
The defending IndyCar Series champion drove from a 21st starting position to a third-place finish at the most recent XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Kanaan has led 10 laps thus far in the 2005 IndyCar Series season.
Kanaan has now registered a string of 17 consecutive top-five finishes, a mark which is an IndyCar Series record for consecutive top-five finishes, dating to the second race of the 2004 season.
Kanaan has four career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003, 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004) and five IndyCar Series poles (Homestead 2003, Phoenix 2003, Pikes Peak 2003, 2004, Michigan 2004).
Eric Cowdin, Race Engineer, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:
"Team 7-Eleven is looking forward to getting back to road course racing and the basics of what all of our drivers grew up with. Going to a street course is going to be a challenge. They aren't as forgiving as natural road courses, but we will participate in a manufacturer's road course test at Sebring prior to going to St. Petersburg so we should be in full-road course mode when it's time to race. With a new circuit, particularly on street circuits, the racing surface changes dramatically from session to session, so we'll be chasing the setup throughout the weekend. But if there's one driver that I'm confident can adapt to those conditions, its Tony Kanaan."