Fort Worth, TX – There’s a lot of people unhappy with Tony Kanaan leaving the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. He was the one most pointed to for two crashes in tonight’s Rainguard 600. But, he’s not having any of that though, as he’s happy to come away with a second place result at the 1.5-mile track under the lights on Saturday.
The second place finish though was as hard fought as he’s ever had. Kanaan, was penalized twice for the Lap 151 melee, forcing him to come to the pits and have a 20-second penalty as well. That would cost him two laps, as he’d have to overcome that in less than 100 laps to do so.
Not only did he do just that, he nearly won.
Kanaan, got lucky that there were two competition cautions in the final stages. Firestone and the Verizon IndyCar Series decided that with the excessive tire wear tonight, they would have the cars pit every 30 laps until the end.
That equated to two more yellows.
In turn, that gave Kanaan two opportunities to get his laps back.
He’d restart 10th but charge to fifth rather quickly. Then, he was there in fourth challenging for the win. He had a great piece of driving to avoid Takuma Sato and his teammate Scott Dixon crashing in the end and come home second.
It was his second runner-up at Texas in the last three years, including a third place run last year too. It was also his third top 10 in the last four races, and we now head to a track at Road America where he finished second last season.
He’s now eighth in the points standings heading to the week off.