Monday, 18 May 2015

Kanaan - not the time to panic

(Team Penske)

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan believes that drivers and teams should not press the panic button just yet following another horrific crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

On Monday the No.5 Schmidt Peterson’s James Hinchcliffe crashed heavily and as a result required surgery on his leg.

The Canadian was the latest in a long list of drivers who have suffered horrendous accidents during the month of May as teams and drivers prepared for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. Penske Racing Team’s Helio Castroneves suffered a flip last week as did Simon Pagenaud along with a number of other incidents.

Kanaan who will start Sunday’s race from 4th place on the grid in the No 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing car says that they need to understand this (IndyCar) is a dangerous sport. 

The Brazilian who won the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and the 2004 IndyCar championship went on to explain that every time the drivers get in the car they understand that they know that may not come back in one piece.

This year’s Indianapolis 500 saw 33 cars qualify for the race which is an extremely large grid for the event however the organisers of the race can facilitate this number of entries.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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