NEWTON, IA – It’s no secret, the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season has been very frustrating for the entire AJ Foyt Racing camp. Tony Kanaan has been extremely frustrated as the Brazilian heads to the Iowa Speedway 19th in the series standings.
Despite that, Kanaan feels like Saturday’s Iowa 300 (7 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) could be the spot where they turn their season back in the right direction. See, Kanaan has been at his best on the .894-mile oval.
In seven of his last nine Iowa starts, Kanaan has a top 10 finish. He had a five year stretch of a podium each year here. He finished ninth in 2017, seventh in 2016. This weekend he honestly feels like he has a shot at another.
“This is a track where I led over 500 laps in the course of my career and have a lot of podium finishes, so I’m hopeful this will be our turnaround weekend for sure,” said Kanaan after qualifying 13th for tomorrow’s race.
This was Kanaan’s best starting spot of the season and one he thinks could have been better if not for their bad results on road/street courses in 2019. See, the qualifying order on Saturday was set from owner’s points. By virtue of being so far back in the points, Kanaan went out early. The track still had rubber from ARCA practice on it and would only get better as the Indycar session went out. For that, Kanaan says cost him an even better starting spot.
“Frustrating,” said Kanaan. “I think I could have been a little bit better. Obviously, the track had some oil dry and that’s the price we pay when we qualify early. The track is only going to get better. The way you do the qualifying draw is by championship points and we didn’t do ourselves any favors by being in the back.”
The race on Saturday will be a hot one. Temperatures are supposed to still be in the high 80s or low 90s for race conditions. While most don’t like that, Kanaan says bring it on.
“I’m okay with that. The hotter the better for me. That’s my weather. That’s where I grew up. I’m used to that everyday.”