IRL: St. Pete: Tony Kanaan race report

TEAM 7-ELEVEN'S KANAAN BATTLES TO SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 3, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove to a second- place finish, which, combined with Klein Tools/Jim Beam...

TEAM 7-ELEVEN'S KANAAN BATTLES TO SECOND-PLACE FINISH AT HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 3, 2005) - Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan drove to a second- place finish, which, combined with Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon's victory, a third-place finish by ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti and a fourth-place performance by XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta, gave Andretti Green Racing an historic top-four sweep Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Starting from the third position, Kanaan quickly moved into second place before a series of mechanical challenges led to poor pit stops and continually slowed his progress. Two were caused by a fueling apparatus which was reluctant to connect and another was hindered when rear tire changer Steve Price suffered an injured knee while racing into position during a tire-change sequence, but managed to complete the tire change despite the injury.

Kanaan continued to battle. He gained six spots, moving from 10th to fourth place between laps 60- 68 and took second place on lap 91 when he had Ryan Briscoe made contact.

Kanaan and the IndyCar Series return to action in four weeks when they visit Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan, for the Indy Japan 300 on April 30. The event will be televised live by ESPN2, beginning at 12 a.m. (EDT). It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers by tuning into Extreme XM, channel 152.

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

"It wasn't the best of days for Team 7-Eleven in the pits, but the guys are a great team and they never let me down. We overcame a lot of obstacles today because we have a great car and a great team. If you want to play hard, we can play hard. When we fail, we fail together and when we win, we win together. Today we won and I'm very happy for both Team 7-Eleven and all of Andretti Green Racing. "

Kim Green, President, Andretti Green Racing:

"We did not have a good day in pit lane, but Tony never gave up. If we would have had a fair pass on (Ryan) Briscoe, I feel that we would have won the race. Team 7-Eleven had a fast car, as did all three of our AGR teammates. Tony and this team have achieved a lot over the last year and I just couldn't be prouder than I am today. To finish '1-2-3-4' is a great achievement and I'm just proud to work with all of our people at Team 7-Eleven and Andretti Green Racing."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Briscoe , Kim Green , Jim Beam