Tony Kanaan says Indy 500 will be his final race before retiring from IndyCar Supercross: Jason Anderson on probation for rough riding after Tampa incident
Tony Kanaan’s final lap in the NTT IndyCar Series finally comes on May 28, when the veteran announced he was stepping down from 107th in the Indy 500 after a quarter-century career.
2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Announced Wednesday morning via social media that his last start will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kanaan will detail his decision at a press conference at IMS at 2:00 pm, where he will reveal his car number and sponsor Indy.
In the video he posted, Kanaan walks around the Brick Factory grounds and says, “It’s been a wonderful journey, but it’s not over yet. I will still have the pleasure of driving through the bricks again. Thank you all, see you on race day.”
🇺🇸It’s been a great journey, but it’s not over yet. I hope you guys for the last one in May.
🇺🇸 Let’s do this one last time. See you in May.@Arrow McLaren @IndyCar pic.twitter.com/lC1iY4GhT0
— Tony Canaan (@TonyCanaan) February 15, 2023
Last year, he was announced as a fourth team Dallara-Chevrolet driver for the Arrow McLaren IndyCar team in the 2023 Indy 500. Kanaan finished third last year with Chip Ganassi Racing in his only IndyCar start for the 2022 season.
The popular Brazilian competed in four oval races with Ganassi (sharing 48th in the Dallar-Honda with Jimmie Johnson) in a partial schedule for 2021 that extended his career. Initially, Kanaan announced that the 2020 season would be his “last lap” in IndyCar.
But the 2004 series champion’s plans to hold a celebratory lap in honor of fans were thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which limited crowd attendance.
Since then, Kanaan has often joked about his delayed retirement plans, noting at an IndyCar pre-season media event two weeks ago in Palm Springs, California that six-time series champion Scott Dixon “makes fun of me to this day.”
👀 @Arrow McLaren @IndyCar #punishment_photo @NBCSports pic.twitter.com/8Bcz4N9jqS
— Tony Canaan (@TonyCanaan) February 1, 2023
“This is the last, last, last, last lap, very last lap,” Kanaan told reporters on Feb. 1, when asked if he hoped to race Indy again in 2024. will definitely make a decision that depends not only on me.
At the time, Kanaan said he planned to make a decision about his future “when we cross the start-finish line that Sunday. When I win – if I win – I will put everyone in their place and say that I’m coming back. This is exactly what happened last year.
“Right now I think the focus is on this 500. It wasn’t a mistake, but we announced something two years ago and then there was a great opportunity with Jimmy (the ride). I’m not going to say, “That’s what I do.” Just let it be.”
In nearly 400 starts in the CART Champ Car and IndyCar Series from 1998 to 2022, Kanaan has 17 wins and 79 podium finishes.
His first win came on July 25, 1999 at the Michigan International Speedway with Jerry Forsythe #11 Reynard-Honda. His most recent win was in the season finale on August 30, 2014 at Auto Club Speedway in 10th place Dallara-Honda behind Ganassi.
Kanaan went on to compete in other series such as the Superstar Racing Experience and stock car racing in Brazil.
Following the incident with Justin Barcia at the Tampa Monster Energy Supercross race, Jason Anderson was placed on six-month probation by the American Motorcycle Association, lasting until Round 9 of the pro motocross season.
The fine comes after an incident between Anderson and Justin Barica earlier last week when Anderson pushed Barcia into Tuff Blox, causing both riders to crash. The transmission attempt was made on the 6th lap. Anderson finished sixth while Barcia recovered to finish eighth.
A week earlier, Anderson acknowledged his role in the ongoing rivalry with other riders.
“I’m just trying to come forward and do my thing” Anderson said at a post-race press conference after finishing third in the Houston Supercross (at the 8:30 mark).. “It’s my credit for being involved in a lot of the shitty stuff I got into. This is what I have to take responsibility for. I really just want to do my best, try to grow up and avoid it. I will try my best and change this aspect of myself.”
Anderson and Barcia have a history of contact.
Barcia was put on probation last year for a rough ride following an incident in the second round in San Diego when he sent Justin Bogle to the ground. In the following incident, Barcia received a three-point penalty for crashing Anderson in the Indianapolis Supercross race. and he got 10 points for smashing Malcolm Stewart in the season finale in Salt Lake City.
Barcia finished fifth in 2022; Anderson was second, nine points behind Supercross champion Eli Tomac, though it’s worth noting that Tomac had a fairly large lead going into the final round of that season while Anderson won in Salt Lake City.
The story of the conflict continued this year. Anderson sent Barcia to the ground in the San Diego race.
In Tampa, Anderson won the first race. In the preliminary competition, they did not compete against each other, with Barcia finishing fourth in the second heat.
With Tomac in contention for fifth place in the Tampa Main Event, a strong finish would allow Anderson to retake the lead along with winning driver Cooper Webb and second-place Chase Sexton. Instead, Anderson lost ground and is now 20 points behind Tomac as he enters the sixth of 17 rounds in the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross season.