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2014 Toronto (Race 1): Tony Kanaan IndyCar Post-Race Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 20, 2014 - 05:46 PM
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2014 Toronto (Race 1): Tony Kanaan IndyCar Post-Race Press Conference

THE MODERATOR: We're now joined by Tony Kanaan who finished third in today's race, his second consecutive podium finish, third at Iowa last week. Tell us about the race and the double header conditions that you'll deal with today.

TONY KANAAN: It was okay race. Sebastien Bourdais was in a class all his own, so it was pretty hard to fight for the win but I tried to keep up with Helio and Hunter Reay at the time, and I knew my car toward the end of the stint, it wasn't as good as theirs, so I was just trying to hang in there, and we had a pretty good stop and finished third. It's an okay day. We still have a little bit to improve I think if we want to win races, but we're heading to the right direction.

Q. Tony, speaking of finishing third, does it feel better to get a good result on a road or street course with Ganassi and kind of how would you rate your street course development?

TONY KANAAN: Obviously it feels better to finish in the top three anywhere but we knew this year we were struggling the most on the street and road courses instead of the oval, so it definitely feels good. I would say feels better. I would say we still have a little bit to go to be able to have a winning car, so we just gotta keep putting ourselves in that position and we've been working extremely hard to do that. Me and Dixon are putting pressure on the engineers and working closely together to make sure that's going to happen soon.


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. Overheard a suggestion that Dario may have given you tips on his favorite way around this place that may have helped you. Not asking you what they are but how much is his influence helping you at this point in the season?

TONY KANAAN: Well, "Coach" I call him "Coach" and his experience is extremely high. I've had him as a teammate and he had some secrets around some places that he would never tell me as a teammate because those are the things that you can't say so the biggest advantage for me this year is to have him around and he's retired so I'm finding out little things here and there that worked.

Obviously he's in my pit stand with Chip and Barry there and he's a big help. I love having him around. He's one guy I go to when I don't have a full understand or I'm not certain 100% of one of my decisions. He's always has something constructive to say, so the it's almost like two people driving the race car these days; it's me and him. I'm glad to have him and he did help here this weekend quite a bit.

Q. Tony, can you describe for us when Hunter Reay was trying to pass you, he seemed to bump into you just before he went into the wall. Can you describe how that was going on from your perspective?

TONY KANAAN: I kept my line, he went on the outside. I think been coming here for many years, we know only one car is going to fit through that turn, and that was the car in front so whatever happens behind me, I have no idea. I felt a little bit of a bump, and when I look in my mirror, he was gone.

I kept my line and I move forward. Obviously he doesn't have the same opinion, as always, but I'm not worried about it.

Q. Tony, did you have any ill affects from the contact with him?

TONY KANAAN: No, no not at all. It was a very small bump on my end. I didn't feel like it was that bad but, no, the car was fine.

Q. You're a strong guy, a triathlete, you take physical fitness seriously. Talk about what the day is going to be like not only for you but for the crew.

TONY KANAAN: It's not an ideal situation, obviously. We gotta do what we gotta do because of what happened yesterday but it's brutal. I mean it's you know, I don't think people understand how hard it is to drive case cars and to do two in one day, it's tough, but it is what it is, and we gotta do it and that's why we workout and we get ready for it.

The crew as well, those guys have been working flat out and it's tough for everybody but we gotta do what we gotta do.

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