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.