IRL: St. Pete: Tony Kanaan preview

Tony Kanaan on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: "St. Petersburg is always a fun and exciting weekend. If you look at the results we've had in the past, you'll see that we've been very successful. We haven't won but have been very close...

Tony Kanaan on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

"St. Petersburg is always a fun and exciting weekend. If you look at the results we've had in the past, you'll see that we've been very successful. We haven't won but have been very close and expect to challenge again this year. It's always good to come back to a track where you've always been competitive. The Honda Grand Prix is a big race for Team 7-Eleven and all of our sponsors. Besides Indianapolis, this is the race for AGR. It's a great environment and a nice place to be so we're ready to race."

Tony Kanaan Facts

* Kanaan collected a fifth-place finish at the season-opening IndyCar Series race at Homestead-Miami.

* This will be Kanaan's third start at the Honda Grand Prix. He has started both previous races in third place. He finished the 2006 race in third place and the 2005 race in second place.

* Kanaan is the only driver to finish on the podium of both Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg events.

* Along with teammates Bryan Herta and Dario Franchitti, Kanaan drove to a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 17. The trio collected the LMP2 class victory in AGR's first ALMS start.

* Kanaan finished sixth in the 2006 IndyCar Series driver championship after finishing second in 2005 and winning the championship in 2004.

* He captured the pole position at the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and is the first driver in history to lead laps in his first five starts in the Indianapolis 500 (2002-2006).

* Kanaan has seven career IndyCar Series wins (6th all-time), has led 1,772 laps (4th all-time), has led 43 races (3rd all-time) and has 43 top-five finishes (3rd all-time).

* Kanaan has seven career IndyCar Series wins (Phoenix 2003 and 2004, Texas 2004, Nashville 2004, Kansas 2005, Infineon 2005, Milwaukee 2006) and six IndyCar Series poles (Homestead 2003, Phoenix 2003, Pikes Peak 2003 and 2004, Michigan 2004, Indianapolis 2005).

George Klotz, Team Manager, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

"There's no doubt that Tony has the ability to win this race based on his road-course skill and past results at the Honda Grand Prix. It's going to happen here for Team 7-Eleven sooner or later so we expect to lead the practice sessions, qualify at the top and win the race. This is a championship-contending team and a win at St. Pete would get us going in that direction."

-credit: agr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta