Kanaan to get F1 test

Newly crowned IRL IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan is set to be handed his first Formula 1 test later this winter as a thank you from engine supplier Honda

Kanaan to get F1 test

The Brazilian, who won the title in the penultimate round of the IRL championship at Fontana earlier this month, will be given the run by BAR-Honda - although a date for the test has not yet been set.

Speaking to a radio show in Brazil, Kanaan said: "It's a childhood dream of mine. Honda told me the test will happen."

Despite being delighted at the test, Kanaan has also moved quickly to deny any talk that the test outing could be a precursor to a full-time switch to Formula 1. The chances of that happening are very slim because he is under contract to his Andretti Green Racing team for the next three years.

"It's just a gift," he said of the test. "I am signed with Andretti Green Racing until 2008, and we have big plans."

The final round of the IRL championship takes place at the Texas Motorspeedway this weekend.

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