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2014 Iowa: Tony Kanaan IndyCar Post-Race Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 13, 2014 - 11:33 AM
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2014 Iowa: Tony Kanaan IndyCar Post-Race Press Conference

THE MODERATOR: We'll begin with our Verizon IndyCar Series post race press conference. We are also joined by our third-place finisher Tony Kanaan of Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

THE MODERATOR: Tony, fifth year in a row on podium here at Iowa Speedway. Tell us about your strong result.

TONY KANAAN: Strong result? Well, it was a good one. What can I say? We had a good day. I mean, we lead 247 laps out of 300. I think we showed them what we had. At the end there sometimes strategies and gambles play out. We got played. Fair enough.

I've won races like that, too. I lost today. It's just hard to take it. But I think to win races we got to run up front, and that's what we've been doing in the past three races. We just got to keep doing that. There's nothing I can do about it.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Tony, you just said you led 247 laps. Looking back now, was it maybe not better to do it a little bit more slowly and not be so stressful for the tires?

TONY KANAAN: C'mon, there is no way. I was actually running slow. I'm not going to brag about it.


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Q. Just the tire wear.

TONY KANAAN: You can't compare new tires to a 20-lap tire or 30-lap tire. I couldn't have done anything different unless I pitted like they did. To do that leading the race, it would have been the craziest move on earth to do it.

So, no, I could not.

Q. You stepped into a difficult situation with Ganassi this year having to replace somebody like Dario. You were talking about how it would take awhile for things to gel. Are you starting to feel like you're there now?

TONY KANAAN: Of course. I mean, you know, it always takes a little bit to get a bunch of guys to synchronize and work together with a big change like it was. The driver is definitely the most important piece that holds the whole team together.

So I feel comfortable now. They feel comfortable with me. I think I gained their trust. I think I proved we can win races.

We're slowly making big progresses, and I'm extremely comfortable there now. I hope I can give Chip his first win of the year so far because it hasn't been as good a year as we thought it was going to be.

Q. Tony, despite the disappointment the last two races, you have to feel you're a force again in this series. You have to leave here, as far as the competition that you're doing on the track, you're a force again.

TONY KANAAN: Oh, for sure. I always try to look at the positives. I mean, it's not going to do me any good to dwell on the strategy last week and the strategy this week.

We dominated the last two races. For one reason or the other, we didn't win. But to win a race, you got to be up front. That's what we've been doing.

Yeah, I mean, I'm not going to say I'm extremely happy about it, but I am extremely satisfied with the way we're doing things in the team. A win is around the corner, for sure.

We're going to Toronto, a race that Dixon dominated last year, both doubleheaders. We have high hopes there, trying to finish the season on a high note.

Q. Is it better going right to another race next week as opposed to having more time to think about something like tonight?

TONY KANAAN: Like I just said, by tomorrow morning, it's not that I don't care, but I try not to think about it.

I like we have another race next weekend. If we didn't, I was going to take a week off and go to the beach with my wife and do something else.

I think I've done everything I could today. We didn't leave anything on the table. For some circumstances, we didn't win.

So no, not really.

THE MODERATOR: We'll see you in Toronto.

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