Kanaan Ready To Say Farewell on Strong Terms in Indy 500

Tony Kanaan decided the risk wasn’t worth the reward, and by that he meant a disappointing finish in this year’s Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, which is possible given the strength of the field and the luck involved in a 500-mile race, might not afford him the chance to retire as an NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver on his terms. “You’re never ready for this,” said Kanaan, who holds the sport’s record with 318 consecutive starts. Kanaan led six laps, qualified sixth and finished third in a car fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing, and he said changed the performance confirmed he was still capable of winning another “500.” The CGR staff showed interest in bringing him back for this year’s race, but a deal couldn’t be worked out due to Jimmie Johnson’s shared ride going away. “The two teams that dominated (last year) were the one that I was in (CGR) and the one that was (inquiring),” Kanaan said. “When Zak told me the story (of) the number, it’s just perfect,” said Kanaan, who used Nos. Kanaan led the race in his first seven starts, also a record. Kanaan has won 17 races since joining the INDYCAR SERIES in 2001 and 15 of them have been on oval tracks. Kanaan, who is married with four children, will remain a race car driver, helmet in hand just in case.

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