Who: Andretti Green Racing drivers, Patrick, Kanaan, Andretti, Mutoh
What: Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Round 1 of the 2009 IndyCar Series
Where: The Streets of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Fla.
When: Sunday, April 5, 2009, 2:45 p.m. (EDT)
Television: Versus, Sunday, April 5, 2009, 2 p.m. (EDT)
Driver: Danica Patrick
Car: #7 Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Danica Patrick Facts:
-Patrick finished sixth in the 2008 IndyCar Series championship.
-Patrick won her first IndyCar Series race in 2008 at the Indy Japan 300.
-Patrick had three top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 2008, her second season with Andretti Green Racing.
Danica Patrick on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:
"I have to say that I'm really looking forward to going to St. Pete this year. In the years past, I have not always had a strong finish at that particular track, but I feel that I have gotten better and more confident on the street courses. We have had a couple successful tests and hopefully we found what we need to get the Motorola car a strong finish for the first race of the 2009 season."
Driver: Tony Kanaan
Car: #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Tony Kanaan Facts
-Finished third in the 2008 IndyCar Series championship.
-Has led over 2,500 laps throughout his racing career.
-Captured 11 top-five finishes during the 2008 IndyCar Series season.
Tony Kanaan on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:
"I'm not only looking forward to the first race of the season, but looking forward to going to the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The particular track is very challenging and we never know what to exactly expect until we get in the car and out on the track. The Team 7-Eleven car has had some great finishes there and hopefully we will have another great finish later this week."
Driver: Marco Andretti
Car: #26 Meijer Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Marco Andretti Facts:
-Andretti finished the 2008 IndyCar Series season seventh in point standings with 363 points.
-Became the youngest pole position winner when he claimed his first pole at Milwaukee (2008), the same place where is father (Michael) recorded his first pole position.
-Andretti is starting his fourth year at Andretti Green Racing.
-Captured six top-five finishes during the 2008 IndyCar Series season.
Marco Andretti on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:
"I have never been so excited going into a season than I am now. I think the oso*freah car is very prepared but at the same time I think the team as a whole is better prepared going into the first race than ever. I hope to have a strong start to the season and keep getting stronger as the season progresses."
Driver: Hideki Mutoh
Car: #27 Formula Dream Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Hideki Mutoh Facts:
-Mutoh is starting his second season at Andretti Green Racing.
-Mutoh captured the 2008 Rookie of the Year award by finishing 10th in the IndyCar Series championship.
-Mutoh has seven top-10 finishes in the 17 races this season and eight top 10s in his 18 career starts.
Hideki Mutoh on Honda Grand Prix St. Petersburg:
"I'm very excited about the Honda Grand Prix of St. Pete. I think the track is a lot of fun but challenging at the same time. I had a good finish there last year, we finished sixth. So hopefully we are able to get the Formula Dream car an even better finish this year."