IRL: St. Pete: Tony Kanaan race report

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Earns Podium Finish at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 2, 2006) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan battled among the top three for 100 laps before earning a third-place finish at the Indy ...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Earns Podium Finish at Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 2, 2006) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan battled among the top three for 100 laps before earning a third-place finish at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Sunday afternoon.

Starting from third place, Kanaan kept the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone among the leaders throughout the race. Despite not having the fastest car on the track, he continually badgered his two top competitors before a yellow flag came out on lap 97, forcing the event to end under caution. Helio Castroneves earned the victory with Scott Dixon second, XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta fourth, and Vitor Meira fifth.

Through two events, Kanaan stands tied for fifth in the driver point standings with 54 points. Kanaan and the IndyCar Series return to action in three weeks when they visit Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan, for the Indy Japan 300 on April 22. The event will be televised by ESPN, beginning at 12 p.m. (EDT).

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

"The Team 7-Eleven car was very competitive today, but to try and keep up with Helio and Scott made for a very hard day. Unfortunately, we didn't quite have enough speed to be able to pass on the long straight. It's probably fair to say that today we had a third-place car, and that's just where we finished."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"I'm not sure our car was a winning race car today, but Tony drove one hell of a race. We were a tweak away from having a car that could have won here today but I think I made one small judgment error by not pitting a lap earlier and we could have had a second-place finish. I think we got into just a bit of traffic before that last pit stop that held us up a bit. I'm really proud of the Team 7-Eleven guys, they had great stops. It's been a fun weekend because I think everyone enjoys getting back to some street racing and it was another successful event where Team 7-Eleven got some really good championship points."

-agr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kim Green , Vitor Meira