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June 21, 2010

Indy Car at Iowa: It’s the Story of Anton Kanaan. The Nose Knows.

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:45 am

What a refreshing race at Iowa this past weekend. It was closely contested on a drivers’ track, and for the first time in a long time someone from Penske or Ganassi did not win. Even better, the IZOD Indy Car Series hard luck story, Tony Kanaan, overcame horrible qualifying and the previous experience of wrecks in the first three races to outduel Helio for the win. It was his first win in a year and a half. The last time he won was Richmond in ’08. Really good short tracks are few and far between and Tony atop the podium is just great.

Is this a sign Andretti Autosport is back in big time business? Some say the atmosphere inside that organization the past few years has been rather toxic. Personally, I like the team. Marco is still a good up and comer and he acts (and drives) like an Andretti. Danica is a brand, and AA is not fully exploiting it. Kanaan has become the fan favorite over the years, and Ryan Hunter-Reay needs to stay on that team.

The other really good story is E.J. Viso, who got his best Indy Car finish at 3rd. He and Takuma Sato drove KV cars with grit and determination. Sato experienced a marble ride into the SAFER before he could finish well.

Here is a question for Firestone. Why do your tires generate so many marbles? Is it not possible to adjust the compound to prevent that? Track sweeping during long yellows to get rid of bits of your tires is annoying and does not make for a great fan experience. Can something be done?

Iowa is a great little oval, and after the recent abject stupidity of Richmond management is just what we needed. There is talk Loudon is back next season, and that’s great news for those in the Northeast. Hopefully the track has not gotten screwed up too much in a NASCAR boilerplate way.

Do we really have to wait until July for the next race? And will we really have to wonder whether Graham Rahal or Ryan Hunter-Reay will be driving? If we have to worry about that then Randy Bernard has his most important problem resolution issue to date.

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6 Comments »

  1. Hooray for Tony Kanaan! This was the most popular victory of the season so far. The Wind Tunnel TV program said that Milka Duno got benched for something or other. Our paper here said nothing about it. Anybody else know anything about that!

    Comment by DOUG — June 21, 2010 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  2. While being lapped very early on in the race, Milka effectively caused Marco to lose many positions. She was a moving chicane out there; this track was simply too far beyond her driving abilities.

    Great win for TK. AWESOME to see, and what a great race.

    It’s also nice to see Randy Benard adding ovals now.

    Comment by M. Miller — June 21, 2010 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  3. Gee, what a surprise. Even Dale Coyne can do better than this. Don’t you think the embarrassment this driver causes him would convince him to look elsewhere? Or is somebody else paying her way?

    Comment by DOUG — June 21, 2010 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  4. EJ Viso is a fellow Venezuelan with Milka. If the Citgo money went to fund him instead of her they would see consistently better results on the track. But EJ isn’t a hot woman with big tiddys and several Masters Degrees. On the other hand, she’s getting closer to 40 years old, so the driving career should be winding down. The sponsor dollars are always welcome though.

    Comment by Race Fan — June 21, 2010 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

  5. Firestone did improve the marble problem, it was not near as bad as in the past, some have asked why Marco, Briscoe and others would start backing up late in a run, well Firestone did use the Indy tires on the right side, they will wear forever, they used a short track tire on the left side and after 30/35 laps the left front would go away, some cars the left front went into the cord. for the life of me I can’t figure out why some drivers just can’t drive in the racing grove, they seem to always slide up the track into the marbles knowing that they are there, as for the grove if a faster car is coming up just hold your line and make the faster car pass where he can, don’t move over for him that’s when a driver gets in trouble

    Comment by rosco — June 22, 2010 @ 4:39 am | Reply

  6. Anton Kannan???????? I believe his real name is Antoine Rizkallah Kanaan Filho. I guess you are still obsessed with the dumbass named Anton that was removed as president of IMS last year.

    Editor’s Note: Nice spelling, kid. I guess the concept of humorously expressed creative license exceeds your grasp. Thanks for stopping by, however.

    Comment by TroyM — June 24, 2010 @ 1:21 pm | Reply


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