Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan scored the 76th podium of his 19 year Verizon IndyCar Series career in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
TK, who drives the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet restarted the Firestone 600 from 16th place having originally started the race from eighth place in June. The Brazilian put in a great performance battling with race winner Graham Rahal and second placed driver James Hinchcliffe right up until the end of the race.
Kanaan has 231 Verizon IndyCar starts and his podium at the Firestone 600 on Saturday was his second of the season having finished runner up to Will Power at the Kohler Grand Prix.
Kanaan has moved up to third place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings following his podium finish and heads to the IndyCar Grand Prix at the glen 85 points behind Will Power in second place, and one point ahead of his countryman Helio Castroneves. Speaking following the race, Kanaan commented by saying:
“Oh, that was so much fun. I’ve got to thank the fans that came back. I didn’t think there was going to be a lot of people but whoever didn’t come missed a hell of a race. That was some old school Texas right there. It was a good night. We started way in the back, but we made up positions right away. I think with INDYCAR not changing the rules and the earlier race being a day race, we had a ton of downforce that we had to run during tonight’s race, so the cars felt a lot closer as you could see. I had to dig into my hard drive and remember pack racing again. It worked out pretty well. Big props to the guys in front who gave each other room, that’s why we finished the way we did. It’s always a pleasure to race like that. I feel bad for the people that didn’t come back tonight from the first race to watch because it really was a hell of a show.” (On how exciting the end was) “When you have good cars going with each other, it’s quicker. I gave them hell!” (On where he wanted to be for the last lap) “On the inside. But if Graham (Rahal) wasn’t pushing Hinch (James Hinchcliffe), I was going to have it. So, I was hoping for Graham to get greedy and go three wide. That was going to slow everybody down, but that didn’t happen. He was smart enough.”