IRL: Homestead: Tony Kanaan race report

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Suffers Early End At Homestead-Miami Speedway HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 26, 2006) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan appeared to be in position for a strong finish before contact with the inner pit wall ending his day on lap...

Team 7-Eleven's Kanaan Suffers Early End At Homestead-Miami Speedway

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 26, 2006) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan appeared to be in position for a strong finish before contact with the inner pit wall ending his day on lap 156 and relegating him to an 11th place finish at the season-opening Homestead-Miami Indy 300 Presented by XM Satellite Radio Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Starting from fourth place, Kanaan kept the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone among the lead pack throughout much of the race. But on lap 159, while attempting to enter the pit lane for his final pit stop, Kanaan veered to his left and made contact with the inner pit wall, damaging the front suspension and ending his day.

Dan Wheldon earned the victory with Helio Castroneves second, Sam Hornish Jr. third, Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dario Franchitti fourth and Scott Dixon fifth. Kanaan and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams return to action in next week at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 2. The event will be televised live by ESPN, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"The Team 7-Eleven car struggled all day. We stayed with the leaders, but we weren't in the position we really wanted to be. I was coming into the pits and I pumped the brakes, it probably wasn't enough and when I tried to slow down going into the pits it just locked the wheels and I hit the wall. My thoughts go out to the Dana family. That is what matters right now."

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:
"The crew did a really good job in the pits getting Tony in and out. The #11 Team 7-Eleven car was coming to us slowly; we were going to make one final adjustment on our last pit stop and hopefully be able to compete with the guys up front. Nevertheless, something happened. I put a lot of pressure on Tony to be very quick on his in and out laps and he gives you 100 percent. In the end, not the day we wanted but we had a good car and will now look towards St. Petersburg."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Kim Green , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.