The normal suspects will be the ones to watch for Saturday night’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Texas Motor Speedway. But, watch out for two drivers that many may not be talking about. I wouldn’t be too surprised if Tony Kanaan or Gabby Chaves win this weekend’s DXC Technology 600 (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) on the 1.5-mile track.
First, lets start with Kanaan. He hasn’t won a race since the 2014 season finale at Fontana. The team that he’s driving for, AJ Foyt Racing, hasn’t won a race since Long Beach in 2013. In fact, Kanaan has just three wins since 2010. Foyt, has just three wins since 1999. Doesn’t sound like a winning combination does it? Well, Kanaan is doing his part to steer it that direction. So far, it’s working.
He would have finished in the top three of the Indianapolis 500 if not for a Lap 99 tire puncture. He had that good of a car. In fact, this season overall, Kanaan has had good finishes in his No. 14 Chevrolet nearly every race. Plus, at Texas, Kanaan has been stellar over the years too. He’s finished second in two of the last three years and third in the other race. He has five straight top six finishes at Texas and 14 top 10’s in his last 16 starts in the Lonestar State.
Need I say more?
“Texas is actually my highest average finish of all the tracks that I’ve been to,” said the popular Brazilian. “I’ve finished on the podium nine times there… we may bring to A.J. (Foyt) the big Texas win there. It will be fun. I don’t know why I’ve done well there. They’ve changed the layout of the track too. I like those types of races. Look at Indy, and those types of ovals, the mile and a halfs and two miles (tracks) are something that I probably understand a little bit better. I enjoy it a lot so I can’t wait.”
How big would it be if Kanaan can bring AJ Foyt back to victory lane and do so in Texas, Foyt’s home state?
Then there’s Chaves. He finished fifth in this very race last year. In his other two Texas starts, Chaves finished 10th and 14th respectively.
“Super excited to get back to Texas,” said Chaves. “I always have had good results at this track. This is where we had the first top-five finish for Harding Racing and I can’t wait to get back there. Last year, we had a really good race and a competitive car. I think this year we’ll be in a really good position by coming back with a similar baseline. That way we can be competitive all weekend and hopefully get back into a good result and a good groove and rhythm to keep carrying the momentum forward.”
So, I believe that these two can get the job done this weekend.