In perusing the various message boards, one notices that one of the more vehemently discussed items from this weekend is Tony Kanaan’s decision to take the final green flag despite driving on only three wheels. Most folks have been wondering why the #11 wasn’t ordered to pull off the track, but now the truth is being told: (Jack Arute voice) he was.
Going on the record Tony Cotman, IRL vice president of Bringing The Law, says Kanaan pretty much ignored orders from everyone in order to gain a couple more positions in the final results.
“When the one-lap signal was given, IRL race control told him (Kanaan) to get off the track and pull down on the warmup lane and the Andretti Green team told him the same thing but he ignored us,” said Cotman.Other than rudely pinching-down on Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon a few times, Nariz drove an admirable race on Saturday. Not only should he have won, but it’s a testament to his massive driving skillz that Ernesto Viso is walking around today. However, no matter how many wins or how big the nose, if Race Control orders a driver to do something then the command needs to be obeyed. It doesn’t matter if they tell him to pull over and juggle live chickens, he or she must respect their Authori-tah!
Brian Barnhart, IRL president of competition, spoke with Kanaan afterwards but it’s not known whether any disciplinary action will be taken.
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And please, none of this “speaking with afterwards” is going to solve the problem because issues on the track need to be settled on the track: The Solution? If Kanaan liked driving on three wheels so much then let’s see him qualify for the next race with that setup. Hey, if the Vision guys can get sent to the back for a little wing-ding trouble, what should ignoring a verbal black flag get you? Just sayin’.
Besides, in watching the replay one can’t help but wonder if Kanaan’s inability to accelerate may have hurt his teammate’s chance at winning, because it sure didn’t look like Marco Andretti was anywhere near Scott Dixon on that restart. I mean, it wouldn’t have been the first time Andretti teammates would have exhibited co-ordination issues.