The theme has been clear this season for the AJ Foyt Racing camp, earn top 10 finishes. That’s what Tony Kanaan was brought in to do, and so far, he’s doing just that. See, he and rookie teammate Matheus Leist are the fifth and sixth different drivers to get behind the wheel of a Foyt car since 2016. With a new car and a new engineering department brought in last year, Kanaan was supposed to propel this team back to new heights.
Well, Leist is the future. He’s a rookie with zero prior INDYCAR starts before this season. He couldn’t turn this team around by himself. But, the team wants to build around him for the future. So, who better to bring in than fellow country mate Kanaan, one who has the all-time record for consecutive starts.
Kanaan, isn’t supposed to end his own 3+ year winless streak. He’s not even supposed to end Foyt’s 5+ year winless streak. He’s just supposed to make them closer. They know that a turnaround as big as reaching victory lane can’t happen in one season. But, they can finally start closing the gap.
Hence top 10’s.
Through three races, Kanaan’s worst finish in 11th in St. Pete. He’s finished eighth in each of the last three races and heading to a track at the Barber Motorsports Park where he’s had three top 10 finishes in his last four starts.
“We’re coming from two top-10s in a row and the team is for sure on an upswing,” Kanaan said. “Our test at Barber a few weeks back was cut short because of bad weather, but I’m hoping that we’ll keep the consistency and be competitive there as well. Barber Motorsports Park is a beautiful track where the fans are very passionate and always fill up the place. I’m looking forward to getting there later this week to hit the ground running with the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet.”
He’s a great fantasy value pick for Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (3:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network).