Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan has revealed that he spoke to former KVSH Racing team co-owner Jimmy Vasser in Las Vegas about getting the American involved in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Ganassi as they want him to remain in the sport.
Kanaan took victory in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 having joined the team from Andretti Green Racing in 2011.
KVSH Racing withdrew from the Verizon IndyCar Series at the end of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series following a failed merger attempt with Carlin Racing with support from SMP Racing and driven by Mikhail Aleshin. The Russian has remained with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for 2017.
Speaking about KVSH Racing, Kanaan commented by saying:
Let me put it this way. It’s weird or sad to see a team go, regardless of who those people are. But for me, especially that team, we won the biggest race of our lives together, that’s the team that we struggled together, and I remember how we struggled to get where we got. And honestly, I only made it this far [to Ganassi] because of that win.
KVSH Racing ran Sebastien Bourdais in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016 with Frenchman moving to Dale Coyne Racing for the 2017 season.
Kanaan explained that his victory at the Indianapolis 500 in 2013 with KV and Vasser helped him to secure the drive with his current team Chip Ganassi Racing who he joined in 2014.