IRL: St. Pete: Andretti Green Racing qualifying report

Andretti to Start From the Front Row in NYSE Car at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 31, 2007) - NYSE driver Marco Andretti will start second for Sunday's running of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. During...

Andretti to Start From the Front Row in NYSE Car at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 31, 2007) - NYSE driver Marco Andretti will start second for Sunday's running of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. During the single-lap qualifying session, Andretti posted the fourth-quickest lap and qualified for the Firestone Fast Six Shootout. During the Shootout, Andretti scored a best-lap speed of 104.970 miles per hour (1:01.7317 seconds), gaining the NYSE car two positions on the grid.

Marco Andretti, #26 NYSE Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I have to hand it to the NYSE guys. They worked very hard on the car. It wasn't easy, but I'm sure it wasn't easy for anybody. We were close to the pole on the last lap. My time was up but I had Scott Dixon in front of me, so it's a bummer."

Franchitti to Start Third in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

After making contact with the tire barrier during morning practice, Canadian Club driver Dario Franchitti will start the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from the inside of the second row in the third position. Franchitti posted a best lap speed of 104.723 miles per hour (1:01.8775).

Dario Franchitti, #27 Canadian Club Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I prefer to be on the inside of the first row. We just didn't quite have it there. The Canadian Club car felt good in that one lap. I know I ran over some of TK's (Tony Kanaan) debris. Then it felt a little bit strange and I thought I felt the tire going down, but it wasn't the case. The starting position isn't too bad. I just feel bad for TK because he has been really quick all weekend. I think the Andretti Green Racing cars will be really strong in the race tomorrow. It was a great job by Marco (Andretti) as well."

Motorola Driver Patrick to Start 11th in Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Motorola driver Danica Patrick turned a one-lap speed of 101.901 miles per hour (1:03.5912 seconds) over the 1.8-mile, 14-turn downtown St. Petersburg street circuit and will start 11th in Sunday's running of the 2007 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Danica Patrick, #7 Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"The run was OK. I wish the Motorola car would have gone a little bit quicker. The grip was definitely there, but it's just always tough on those one-lap runs. You really have to be on top of your car and I'm still learning my new car. All in all it was a clean run and it's put us in an alright position for the race. Hopefully, we can stay out of trouble and work our way forward."

Kanaan to Start Sixth in Team 7-Eleven Car at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan was one of six drivers in the Firestone Fast Six Shootout qualifying session for Sunday's running of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Kanaan posted the best lap of the qualifying session (105.202 miles per hour, 1:01.5955 seconds) but was involved in an accident and will start sixth on the grid.

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I was understeering into that corner the lap before. I went in, turned a little earlier and this time the tires were a little hotter and the car gripped. I clipped the inside wall and unfortunately hit the outside wall. It was my mistake and it's too bad for Team 7-Eleven because I don't think anyone was going to beat the time we posted. I have five cars to pass tomorrow so we'll see. Trust me, there are going to be a lot of people thinking about me tonight."

The second race in the IndyCar Series season will take place Sunday, April 1, on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg can be seen on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. (EST). The race may also be heard on XM Satellite Radio on XM channel 144, the exclusive home of the IndyCar Series.

-credit: agr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Marco Andretti , Danica Patrick