CHIP GANASSI RACING
If results from the immediate past say
anything about the immediate future,
this face will be smiling early and often in
’ 15. After a shaky adjustment period with
Ganassi, “TK” finished with typical tenacity:
podiums at Iowa, both Toronto races and
Milwaukee, and a win in the Fontana finale.
SEB BEING SEB
TO FINISH FIRST...
Remember those four CART/Champ Car
titles? He’s still the same racer. Last year’s
win at Toronto proved it. Given the right
circumstances, Bourdais is still Bourdais.
Seb’s 10th in the 2014 points came despite
sitting only 17th in laps completed. Reduce
the poor finishes and anything is possible.
RUN, RACER, RUN:
THEY’RE ATHLETES, OK?
Back in February, Tony Kanaan appeared
on the cover of a fashion/arts mag looking,
well, Tony Kanaan-like. No shirt, just jeans.
Tattoos and muscles blaring; art meeting
fashion meeting racing. What continues to
surprise people outside the racing world is
that a) these people who drive racecars are
super-fit (they have to be), and b) they’re
actual athletes, just like NBA, NHL or MLB
players. Truth is, everyone competing in the
Verizon IndyCar Series partakes in some
form of fitness regimen. Some, like Kanaan,
take it to the extreme. If he’s not out on an
intense bicycle ride (ABOVE), he’s heading
off on a long run. If he’s not running, he’s
at the gym. When he has time, he competes
in triathlons. He’s not alone. Ganassi
teammate Scott Dixon also competes in
triathlons and maintains a grueling fitness
schedule. When Marco Andretti tweeted
“fast 5k run” in March, Kanaan’s
first response: “How fast?”
Tony Kanaan’s Indianapolis 500 win back in 2013 was
ridiculously fast – and a record. And don’t forget that the
average speed includes cautions and time spent in the pits. 187.433MPH