NTT IndyCar Series veteran Tony Kanaan has confirmed that he is rethinking and re-evaluating his opportunities as he explores the possibility of extending his TK Last Lap in 2021. Speaking to IndyCar.com the Brazilian said that when he made his announcement in January at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway it was never intended as a retirement announcement as he is not retiring.
Kanaan said said that it was a way of saying Thank You to the fans who have supported him over the past 23 years during his time in IndyCar however the COVID 19 global pandemic put the brakes on that as there will be no fans in attendance at the Indianapolis 500 in less than two weeks.
To be honest, after this year, I think anybody is allowed to change their mind, because when I announced ‘TK Last Lap,’ it was to enjoy it with the fans at the racetrack and have a good time with them and so on, and that didn’t happe. “I want to pay back my fans and friends and INDYCAR what made me. This is not a proper way to go.
“I will rethink and re-evaluate my opportunities and chances, as well, because obviously there aren’t many out there. It’s such a competitive series, and we have such a great group of young kids that deserve a ride. Look who we have as young guns this year. We’ll see, but I am rethinking maybe to do the ‘TK Last Last Lap.’”
Kanaan said that the pandemic has been beneficial to him as the altered schedule which saw the season start in June with the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway has given him extra races to allow him to acclimatise to the Aeroscreen.
The Brazilian who won the Indianapolis 500 in 2013 is looking forward to the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on August 23rd and has run well on ovals recently. AJ Foyt Racing will field three cars for the 500 with TK joined by Charlie Kimball and Canadian rookie Dalton Kellett who will make his Indy 500 debut.