Its been an improving year for Tony Kanaan in 2018. While he and AJ Foyt Racing aren’t close to where they want to be yet, they’re actually on the right track. Where he’s been at his best has been on the three ovals. He started ninth and finished eighth back in April at Phoenix and started 10th and was likely a top three car before crashing out in the May 27 Indianapolis 500. While his best finish though was seventh place effort in the second race on Belle Isle a month ago, Kanaan and his No. 14 Chevrolet have been at their best on ovals instead.
This weekend’s race at the Iowa Speedway is a short oval like the one at Phoenix. That’s a track that Kanaan fared well at a few months ago. Can he do so again this weekend?
“Next up, we go to Iowa Speedway, a short oval that’s one of my favorite tracks of the year,” Kanaan said. “It’s a place that keeps you on your toes at all times, and although it’s just under a mile long, it makes for an extremely fast and exciting race. I didn’t test there with the new aero configuration and honestly, I don’t know how the car will handle compared to what we used to have downforce-wise, but I expect it to be a harder race than usual. Being a short track, we’re always running in traffic and hopefully, we have a good balance to keep the No. 14 up front and get another trophy for the hardware collection.”
The popular Brazilian has actually been very good on the 7/8-mile Iowa short track too. From 2010 through 2014, Kanaan finished no worse than third at Iowa. He led 247 laps in 2014 race and finished third. Overall, he led 523 Laps in the course of his career at Iowa. He finished seventh in the 2016 race and ninth a year ago.
So, when looking at a sleeper for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network), look no further than Kanaan.