INDIANAPOLIS – Tony Kanaan has just three Verizon IndyCar Series victories since 2009. For someone as talented as him, that’s no where close to where he wants to be. But, if not for some bad luck, that win total would be a lot more, as he’d have several race victories at the Iowa Speedway during that same time frame.
Iowa is one of those three wins though, as he won there back in 2010. But, if not for some recent bad luck, he’d have at least two or three more wins to add to that at the 7/8-mile Iowa bullring.
Iowa didn’t start off as a very good track for the Brazilian as he finished 16th, 18th and 14th respectively in his first three Iowa Corn 300 starts. But, with that win in 2010, it brought consistency.
Kanaan has finished on the podium in five of his last six Iowa starts and if not for some bad luck last year, it would be six straight.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver led 70 laps in last year’s race before a mechanical failure on his No. 10 Chevrolet. In 2014, he led 247 of the 300 laps but only came home third.
He was third in the two years prior as well, to go along with a second place finish in 2011.
Just look at how close he’s been with just one win to show for it.
That’s why Iowa, like Indy, owes him at least one more victory before his career is over. It’s a shame he hasn’t been able to reach victory lane more than once at those tracks, as he’s been among the best ever there despite one win each.
Maybe this weekend is his chance at Iowa.