IPS: St. Pete: Jonathan Klein preview

Jonathan Klein on the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: "This is my first time on any kind of street course and I'm actually excited. It's supposedly a wild time, unlike anything on an oval or road course. I know the Klein Tools car is going to be...

Jonathan Klein on the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

"This is my first time on any kind of street course and I'm actually excited. It's supposedly a wild time, unlike anything on an oval or road course. I know the Klein Tools car is going to be good after our test at Sebring on Tuesday (March 28). I'm confident we have the best team in the series, and with my two other teammates (Jaime Camara and Jay Howard) having had experience on street courses, I think I'll benefit from their knowledge. The team gave me a great car at Homestead last weekend, definitely good enough to win the race. Unfortunately, we got together with another car and ended up finishing in the back. Our goal this weekend will be to concentrate on finishing and staying out of trouble and getting as many points out of these two races as possible. The doubleheader format is going to be interesting, but it won't force us into altering our strategy. We'll just run as hard as we can and bring the cars home in one piece."

Jonathan Klein Facts:

* Klein qualified second for last Sunday's Miami Indy 100 at Homestead Miami Speedway and ran second for most of the first 54 laps of the 67-lap event before tangling with Cheever Racing's Chris Festa and retiring due to accident damage.

* Klein spent the 2005 season in the Star Mazda Championship racing for Anderson Walko Racing. Klein posted two top-five and six top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish in the season finale at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway.

* Klein, who hails from Long Grove, Ill., is attending the University of Dayton, where he is majoring in business leadership.

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"Jonathan was strong all weekend at Homestead, from the start of practice, with a front-row qualifying effort and a very strong race run. Unfortunately, he ran into a little bit of bad racing luck. But he'll be back stronger for it. We had a great test at Sebring in preparation for this weekend at St. Petersburg, so we're looking for good things."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Kim Green , Chris Festa , Jaime Camara , Jay Howard , Jonathan Klein