Time To Call It Quits, Tony Kanaan

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In the span of four years, IndyCar’s oldest driver has gone from winning the 500 to whining and making excuses. We say nuts to that – out with the old and in with the new. Tony, it’s time to consider retiring from the sport.

Approaching forty three and showing it, TK hasn’t won a race in almost three years. His best years are clearly behind him as Texas perilously reminded everyone –  except the good ship Chip and company. We’ve been quietly advocating Tony’s retirement for some time, but now we’re about to raise a racket.

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It isn’t as though the Brazilian’s tearing up the competition, either. He’s only won twice since 2010 and a mere four times in the last decade. That’s approaching Marco bad. His last win came on August 30, 2014 in the season finale at Fontana, of all places – more on that later. The other win came at Indy in 2013, interestingly on the heels of another two plus year drought.

Originating our outcry are the wrecks he caused at Texas, involving multiple cars and thankfully no injuries. The first crash got Alexander Rossi, while the second victimized James Hinchcliffe and his SPM teammate Mikhail Aleshin, among others. Kanaan has since called it “an honest mistake.” That makes us wonder, which one?

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Chip Ganassi blabbed and blamed “the 5 car,” James Hinchcliffe, during NBCSN’s broadcast. Blaming innocent victims isn’t helpful to anyone, Chip. Admittedly, we were rooting for Dale Coyne when he confronted Tony during the red flag. After all, both his cars were taken out in the incident. Of course Hinch was only one victim of the second wreck Kanaan caused that night. Within less than a hundred green flag laps. Crashing out a total of nine cars.

TK initially earned our ire at Fontana in 2015 following an absolutely amazing race. He and others lashed out at the racing, proceeding to “slam the sport we’re a part of” as Ed Carpenter put it. So called “pack racing” became the new pejorative thanks to TK and others of his ilk. You heard the ugly phrase uttered again recently after Texas, thanks in part to Kanaan’s killer Kimball impersonation. Seriously, one Kimball’s enough in a series that already has Takuma Sato.

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You’ll be hearing the putative put down ‘pack racing’ more in the future – after every big, thrilling oval race – so best get used to it. At least as long as they remain on Mark Miles’ schedule.

Tony wasn’t finished that eventful night in SoCal, though. Bristling, he twice railed at being “criticized,” and invited his detractors to drive an IndyCar. It’s the same type of stunt he’s pulling now. Isn’t it painfully obvious why the guy’s a fan favorite?  Tellingly, he continued at Fontana, “it makes you think, ‘Do you still want to keep doing this like that?’”

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Sure seems like Florida’s on his mind to us, and has been for some time. Has been . . . that sounds about right. See ya Tony, and don’t let your nearest competitors’ debris hit you on the way out.