Kanaan misses out on MAVTV 500 repeat, but frustrated over race (VIDEO)

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For Tony Kanaan, finishing second in the MAVTV 500 and losing out on a repeat opportunity of his 2014 win in the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale wasn’t the worst part of Saturday’s race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

The fact the racing was how it was, condensed into closer packs at times before it spread out longer over stints, was the more frustrating part for the series veteran who raced back when average lap speeds were anywhere from 235 mph to north of 240 even, at Fontana.

First off, Kanaan described the missed opportunity in the race, as he just lost out to Graham Rahal before the final accident between Ryan Briscoe and Ryan Hunter-Reay ended the race under yellow.

“It’s hard to tell. I think I was [ahead],” Kanaan told NBCSN’s Kevin Lee. “I’m obviously… when you’re like that, in a close race, you never know. It was a crazy race. I’m glad I’m in one piece. I don’t know when the yellow came out, but I was second at the line. Congratulations to him.”

Then, the sage driver of the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet offered his opinion on the racing itself.

“It’s a new package, We keep guessing. We guessed on the wrong side,” Kanaan said. “It was great for the fans, but people are not in the race car to see what 215 mph is like doing this.

“I would like you guys to try, the guys that criticize us. It’s tough and stressful. Hopefully we come up with a better solution.”

Kanaan’s second place, on the bright side, is his best result of the season and second podium, with the first having come in the season opener at St. Petersburg where he finished third.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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