Future Indy 500 champ? Tony and Lauren welcome Deco Kanaan


Tony Kanaan has long been regarded as “the people’s champion” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and when he captured his elusive, long-awaited first Indianapolis 500 victory in 2013, he became an actual champion.

Now, he’s got another potential champion in the family.

Tony and wife Lauren (nee Bohlander) welcomed new son Deco Kanaan into the world on Tuesday. Deco joins Tony’s son Leo, who gained a bit of attention last year when he was awarded the first Mini Baby Borg on record – a special, kid-sized version of the standard Baby Borg awarded to that year’s Indianapolis 500 champion.

As “TK” already posted on Twitter, he’s expecting big things from Deco.

It’s already the start of a good year for TK, who ended 2014 on a high note with a win in the season finale at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, and is bullish on the Chip Ganassi Racing team’s prospects in its second year with Chevrolet power.

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.