Tony Kanaan admits:”I disappointed with Ganassi
After four years only one IndyCar victory: Tony Kanaan confesses that he wanted more at Ganassi – why he didn’t want to beat it despite top material
It was a celebrated deal when Tony Kanaan switched to Chip Ganassi in 2014. At last, it seemed that the 2004 IRL champion, then reigning Indy-500 winner, had permanently competitive material again – for the first time since his days at Andretti Autosport. Four years later, the Brazilian gets off the boat with Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton in the course of the Ganassi reduction – after only one victory and two seventh places in the final score.
Kanaan is at peace with the situation and shows understanding “Sometimes you just have to accept that it just didn’t work out,”he confesses in a conversation with’ Motorsport-Total. com’,”I was part of a great team. I can only say good things about Ganassi, but sometimes it just doesn’t end.”
Why Kanaan could never become a real competitor for Ganassis Alphatier Scott Dixon, not even he himself knows. His only victory came in 2014 at the final race in Fontana. On further oval courses he was always close to victory, but could never drive him home. In sharp contrast to this are his performances on round and street courses, especially since the launch of the manufacturer aerokits in the 2015 season.
“I’ve had to experience that when you’re on the best team with the best people, that doesn’t mean you’re delivering your best performance,”continues the 42-year-old,”for some reason that was the case with me. Of course I am disappointed in my performance. I needed something to motivate me again.”
He has this motivation with an engagement at A. J. Foyt Enterprises found. There he will contest the IndyCar season in 2018, at the age of 43 years. Kanaan is looking forward to the challenge:”Building a structure with people I know around me that I think is very interesting” In the course of the job cuts at Ganassi, Kanaan brings some of his close friends to join Larry Foyt’s team. There he will be the teacher of Matheus Leist in 2018.
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