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.