Tony Kanaan says he is excited about the progress been made by AJ Foyt Racing as he prepares for this weekend’s doubleheader at Iowa Speedway.

Speaking to Paddock Eye during a Zoom conference call on Wednesday, TK said that he and Charlie were running well inside the top ten during the season opening Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway last month where the Brazilian finished 10th.

Oh, extremely excited. I think we made quite a good jump. If you look at Texas, Charlie and I were extremely competitive. We were in the top 10 the entire race.

Charlie’s been pretty good. He had an awesome second race in Road America. I’m pumped. I think we have a good thing going. There are still a couple things we need to adjust. But the cars are definitely better this year. We made a lot of changes, some of them we had to do.

I’m pretty pleased. I’m extremely confident and hopeful that we’ll be very competitive there.

Last time out in Road America, Kimball finished tenth and Kanaan is hoping to continue the team’s solid start to the season.

Kanaan also told Paddock Eye that it is extremely beneficial having the doubleheader race this weekend as the team work to build on their momentum.

100%. I mean, for me, you know, if you think about it, I’m out of the car for two weeks. I know it wasn’t an oval, but these guys been driving the car. I have a chance to, let’s say on the first day, because Texas was really hard for me, I was out of the car for eight months, have an hour session, that got cut because a couple guys crash, becomes a 40-minute session. I wasn’t comfortable, I would say, until mid race. Here I have two chances.

I would say it’s definitely better for me.

It was announced during the call that Iowa Speedway have confirmed that TK will be the Grand Marshall for the race this weekend and will give the start command from his car.

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