IRL: Homestead: AGR, Kanaan race report

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Nets Third-Place Finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 6, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove from the 14th starting position to a third-place finish in the 2005 IRL® IndyCar® Series ...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Nets Third-Place Finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 6, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove from the 14th starting position to a third-place finish in the 2005 IRL® IndyCar® Series season-opening Homestead-Miami Indy 300 Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Starting midway back in the field, Kanaan guided the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone into the top 10 just three laps into the event. He then battled with Sam Hornish Jr., Helio Castroneves and Vitor Meira throughout the remainder of the race. Over the final 10 laps, the quartet raced side by side, with Hornish just nipping Kanaan at the line, dropping Kanaan to third place.

With that finish, Kanaan increased his league-record number of consecutive top-five finishes to 16 straight, dating back to the second event of the 2004 season.

Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon earned the victory with Hornish taking second, Kanaan third, Meira fourth while Castroneves finished fifth.

Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams return to action in two weeks at the Phoenix International Raceway for the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 on March 19. The event will be televised live by ABC Sports, beginning at 3 p.m. (EST).

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

"This was a very good day for Team 7-Eleven. Coming down to the last 10 laps, everyone in the top 10 had a lot of respect for each other. I had raced against Sam (Hornish Jr.) throughout the entire race and I knew that he could run a high line and he knew that I could run the low lane. It was good, close racing. I don't know if we had a car capable of winning today's race because Dan Wheldon was super fast. But, we had a very competitive race car. I'm very happy that one of my teammates could win and it's just a great start for Team 7-Eleven and the entire AGR team."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"Team 7-Eleven struggled a bit in the early going. We lost some track position, intentionally, when we pitted to make some adjustments to the race car. Tony (Kanaan) did a heck of a job getting up as high as second place and I'm really proud of Tony for doing what he did with a car that maybe wasn't capable of winning the race and for the way he supported Dan Wheldon and helped his winning effort."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Kim Green , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr. , Vitor Meira