Kanaan desirous to get IndyCar relaunch with Ganassi began
Tony Kanaan is able to go. Eight months after his final NTT IndyCar Collection race, the returning Chip Ganassi Racing driver is smiling large as he takes over from Jimmie Johnson for this weekend’s doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway and places an finish to an impossibly lengthy wait to race the No. 48 Honda.
Of the numerous blissful locations on the calendar for the Indy 500 winner, Texas will get an additional dose of enthusiasm from the 46-year-old Brazilian.
“One in every of my favourite racetracks,” Kanaan instructed RACER. “And in case you look, I’ve the best common finishes on the oval right here; so many occasions, it was both on the rostrum or the highest 5, so I’m fairly excited. If we glance what the crew did there final yr, with each automobiles working so good and Scott Dixon successful, if we are able to maintain the identical efficiency, we’ll be very blissful when it’s over.”
In his oval program final season with A.J. Foyt Racing, Kanaan had an excessive amount of free time on his fingers whereas adjusting to life with no full-time IndyCar trip. Though he’s really doing fewer ovals in 2021 attributable to IndyCar’s heavy rotation of highway and avenue programs, Kanaan’s schedule has been full of driving alternatives.
“Final yr, with COVID, I actually received a deal with on the part-time factor,” he mentioned. “I feel it was very bizarre final yr for me, however this yr I have already got a check beneath my belt within the automobile at Indy, so I feel I’m extra ready than I used to be once we went to start out the season final yr at Texas. That is the brand new regular for me, not doing all of the races, however I’m not pondering like I’ll be uncomfortable within the automobile. That’s all gone. So I’m excited.
“The unhappy half is after this weekend, I solely have two extra oval occasions to go, however man, I’m blissful to have been doing the Brazilian Inventory Automobile sequence, and that’s holding me working round, on planes so much backwards and forwards, and I’m in that new SRX sequence. So I’m really doing extra races this yr than I’ve executed since my CART days. I am going again to Brazil to race once more after Texas, then come again for Indy, so it’s already busy.”
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