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FORT WORTH, May 7, 2014-- For Verizon IndyCar Series veteran driver Tony Kanaan, matching the success of last year that was punctuated by an elusive victory in the Indianapolis 500 seemed impossible but the Brazilian continued to prosper during the offseason. Kanaan, who raced for the smaller team of KV Racing Technology the previous three seasons, found a home with one of the Verizon IndyCar Series' powerhouse organizations in Target Chip Ganassi Racing for this season.
Now piloting the No. 10 Target Chevrolet left vacant by the retirement of four-time INDYCAR champion Dario Franchitti, Kanaan has found new life as he is in the midst of 17th season in open-wheel competition. He already has two top-10 finishes in the first three races of the season and is still looking to make improvements as he continues the transition.
"It's been awesome," Kanaan said of his move to Target Chip Ganassi Racing. "It's quite a bit different than what I was used to. I have very tough teammates that keep me on my toes. I have to say they made me feel pretty comfortable in the past three months. For me to adapt, it wasn't that difficult. Obviously, there are quite a few things that I need to relearn. We have a lot more information."
The move to Target Chip Ganassi Racing resembles the days when Kanaan won the INDYCAR championship while piloting the No. 11 7-Eleven entry for then-Andretti Green Racing - now Andretti Autosport. He has the ability to share a wealth of information with multiple teammates, led by defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon and also including Ryan Briscoe and Charlie Kimball.
With greater resources and armed with more data, Kanaan is primed to take advantages of the assets he has missed the previous three seasons while driving for KV Racing Technology.
"I'm in a very good organization, probably one of the best positions I've been in my career in IndyCar," Kanaan said. "There's no reason to be unhappy.
"I was in a very good position back in the days when I was with Andretti. For whatever reason or the circumstances were, I took a big hit on that when I had to leave. The struggle for the past three years with finding (sponsorship) money not just doing what I want to do, which is drive the car, I didn't realize then, but for sure now I can see. Yeah, I'm happy because I think anybody that would be driving that 10 car - you could ask anybody on the grid - they would be smiling the entire time."
Kanaan and the Verizon IndyCar Series return to Texas Motor Speedway for the "Original Nighttime IndyCar Race - the Firestone 600 - on Saturday, June 7. Texas Motor Speedway is offering the "Family 4-Pack" special, four Firestone 600 race tickets, four hot dogs and four Coca-Cola products for $99. Tickets for the Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race are available by contacting the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at 817-215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
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