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October 29, 2010

Indy Car Reference On Behalf of a Job Seeker: Hire Tony Kanaan

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 3:56 pm

Well this stinks. Tony Kanaan is officially looking for a ride after Andretti Autosport made his release from the team official. Just months ago he was the team leader at Andretti Autosport. The guy who set up the cars for everyone else. Former champion. Consistent race winner. A guy whose loyalty caused him to turn down a ride with Ganassi a couple of years ago.

I know he is Brazilian and all of that, but for those who believe American short trackers should be the main criteria he did give a car a try on dirt recently. He has connected with the public in a way few drivers can. He is certainly one of the most popular. I hope he is able to end his Lloyd Ruby-like luck at IMS during his career.

The end of his 7-11 primary sponsorship probably doomed his future with Andretti, but a guy with his talent, credentials and history should have no problem being hired by a top flight team under normal circumstances, right? The problem is aside from a few years of early IRL history circumstances have not been normal since cart began their occupation in 1979. How many times have we seen guys go from winner to beggar in less than a year?

If I owned a team I would be on the horn with him now, sponsor or not. Kanaan is a winner. Surround him with the right people and chemistry and you have a champion.

Here’s hoping for the best.

 

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4 Comments »

  1. “The problem is aside from a few years of early IRL history circumstances have not been normal since cart began their occupation in 1979.”

    Aren’t you always telling everyone that CART died, twice, and bringing them up does no good and does nothing to move the sport forward? I thought the youthful Anton was going to fix things. How did that work out? The truth is, the sport is in the crapper thanks to Anton’s little war. I am just sitting back as a spectator, watching things fall apart, knowing that I saw it coming.

    Editor’s Note: How quaint of you to comment, little man. When will this ‘crapper’ state finally lead to demise? You idiots have been harping about this for fifteen years, and for fifteen years you have looked foolish? When will at least some of you grow up?

    Comment by TroyM — October 30, 2010 @ 12:35 am | Reply

    • Probably when you stop giving them publicity in every single post.

      Comment by hates crappies hates gomers — October 30, 2010 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  2. Yeah, this really DOES stink. My concern is if Tony doesn’t find a ride–a GOOD ride–for 2011 he’ll head for NASCAR. Somehow they always manage to find a ride for IndyCar drivers who’ve been cast adrift. Unfortunately, except for Tony Stewart, they rarely set the world on fire in that form of racing. Hey, I was wondering when we were going to hear from ‘ol gloom and doom “bootlicker” Troy again. He never disappoints.

    Comment by DOUG — October 30, 2010 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

  3. ‘The problem is aside from a few years of early IRL history circumstances have not been normal since cart began their occupation in 1979.’ ‘How many times have we seen guys go from winner to beggar in less than a year?’. Honestly? Please. Give me an example from the 1979-1995 days when a top flight driver got dropped by his primary sponsor at the height of his career and couldn’t catch a ride with another top team. One. Just one is all I ask. Having trouble?

    Now? Like it or not, it’s a regular phenomenon in IICS. Solid drivers get the shaft, and ride buyers get the rides. TK is is the latest, but likely not the last, example. How’re Buddy Rice and Scott Sharp doing these days?

    Editor’s Note: It’s been a regular phenomenon since 1979. There have been victims ever since. You asked for examples of winning drivers losing their rides…Arie Luyendyk, Al, Sr. and Rutherford spring immediately to mind. I think we agree it exists…that’s not really the issue. The issue is whether it’s good or bad. I dislike the practice immensely.

    Comment by Steve Kornya — November 1, 2010 @ 1:04 pm | Reply


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