Posted by Iannucci | 8/23/2007 | 3 comments »
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Going along with Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti, Autoweek now reports that Tony Kanaan was also fined for “aggressive driving” in Kentucky. That means the ENTIRE front row of this years Indianapolis 500 just got sent to the Principal’s Office. I’m sure Nariz is a bit tweaked at this, but even more of interest is that in the same article Kanaan seems to be fashioning himself in the mode of Cesar Chavez.

For their part, Indy-car drivers intend to increase communication. Andretti Green Racing's Kanaan and Team Penske's Helio Castroneves want to organize an IndyCar drivers' association like the one they knew in CART.

"We'll have everybody leave (the series' regular meeting) and then we'll talk as drivers about the things we see that are problems," Kanaan said. "We'll let one guy, a veteran like Dario Franchitti or Scott Sharp, take it to (Barnhart). Right now, he's got 10 guys trying to talk to him, mostly about the same things."

Kanaan said the group will also work to build an emergency fund for injured drivers who lack the necessary level of insurance.
Some noble ideas there, but, well, let's just say good luck with that. Let’s see if this weekend Tony grabs his bullhorn and his buddy and starts marching around Infineon.

Tony (in his bullhorn): WHAT DO WE WANT!
Helio: Respect!
Helio: Right now!

Speaking of those two, if you haven't ready this article from take a moment and do so - if only because Tony discusses the finer points of making out with a glass. It's true.


  1. Jennifer Coomer // August 23, 2007 8:39 AM  

    I'm actually kind of surprsied the drivers already don't have a time together like this. Not in a UNION type way. But just a support group. I mean, even my mom's family has a flower fund ...
    Why would they have to have BB's blessing? Couldn't they just do it?

  2. pressdog // August 23, 2007 9:16 AM  

    OK, WTF with the secret fines and discipline? What's the thinking behind that? Why not be up front with it, even if you keep the amounts secret. Just announce who got smacked and why and move on. The secret fining and disciplining is goofy. Tony is now Nariz Rae up on the shop table with a big UNION sign. I'm for it, of course, and it will take a veteran driver like Tony to get 'er done.

  3. McCarthief // August 24, 2007 2:07 AM  

    I agree with Jennifer, it's rather surprising that they don't have a group of some sort already. It would give the drivers a better voice and also give us some possible entertainment if it works out like the F1 driver union and Max Mosley.