Tony Kanaan has discovered a new way to go faster – apply bandages to the nose of the car. After crushing the left front of his Dallara during the Fast 6 portion of qualifying this weekend, Kanaan’s team spent nearly 10 hours working on the vehicle. Had they not, El Nariz would have started at the back of the field in a backup car. Even then it wasn’t enough just to make the repairs, as Mark Decotis of Florida Today details.
"You know me. I went back there (after a sponsor dinner), the guys were still here. I looked at the guys and said, 'We have a mechanic, Steve Price, he's always hurt.' If you see him, he always has a Band-Aid or something like that. This weekend I had Band-Aids all over the place. I had a problem with my back . . . so my arm was a little sore so I had the same thing, so they start to make fun of both of us.Quick, someone check Helio’s car to see if he had any of these.
"Then we looked at the car, first thing I say, 'It looks like Steve.' It was all banged up, different colors. One of the guys said, 'We are missing some Band-Aids' so I went and got some and put them on."
The plastic strips were applied and one nearly came off during the warm-up.
"I was very upset," Kanaan said. "When the car is good, you don't touch it. So I'm a bit superstitious so I said, 'Let's put clear tape over those things.' And we left it there. I hope the car feels better now."