News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Sports

May 24, 2013

Looking for Indy breakthrough, Kanaan enjoying role as team mentor

INDIANAPOLIS — Ask any IZOD IndyCar series champion and he’d say he would gladly give up that championship to win one Indianapolis 500.

And most fans would gladly give up their favorite driver winning that race if Tony Kanaan could be the one taking the checkered flag instead.

Kanaan is a guy that many believe they can relate to. He’s a nice guy, he works hard and sometimes he simply has bad luck.

But he perseveres. Fans love Kanaan and he will admit that the way fans treat him is special.

“To me, the best memories, it’s every time I drive my golf cart out, I can hear my name big time,” he said from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway recently. “The year I started last, we went all of the way to the lead and we ended up finishing 11th because of a strategy at the end. I got out of the car and the entire place was screaming my name … and Dario [Franchitti] won the race.”

That was in 2010 when Kanaan drove for Andretti Autosport. Because of a crash on Pole Day, he was forced to qualify on Bump Day. The morning became a nightmare when Kanaan crashed again in morning practice. The car had to be rebuilt with parts from his teammates’ cars. Shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Bump Day, Kanaan came out to qualify, making him the 32nd qualifier. When he climbed from the car, the fan reaction was deafening.

In that race, he went from the back to passing eight cars on the first lap and another nine cars just 15 laps later. In his Indy 500 career, he has led in nine of the 11 races he has started. He has finished second, third (twice), fourth, fifth and eighth in six races and has probably passed more cars in that race than anyone else.

Kanaan’s been the guy people were sure was going to win in any given year. He was leading the race in 2004 when the rains came. But the race was restarted after a long delay and he finished second. Along with Michael Andretti, Kanaan is among those drivers whom the fans say the track “owes him one.”

Kanaan, however, thinks differently.

“I don’t feel this place owes me anything,” he said. “I have had great times here.”

Kanaan says that because of the way the fans treat him he sort of feels like he won.

“If I never win this thing, I think I got the feeling from people around here how it is to win,” he noted. “Obviously, it will be a lot different if I would have my face on the trophy, but I don’t think it owes me anything.”

As a teammate, Kanaan has taken on the role of senior driver, mentoring to his either younger or less experienced teammates. It’s a role he did not ask for, but fulfills, nevertheless.

“It was a role that I got back in the Andretti days and it’s been following me ever since,” he said. “I don’t mind. I guess they pick the old guy to teach the young kids.”

Last season, it was Kanaan’s good friend, Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello, who joined him with KV Racing. Although successful in F1, for Barrichello, it was a different machine and Kanaan the friend also became a teacher.

This year, Simona De Silvestro is the new teammate at KV and already their chemistry is working.

“I definitely can learn a lot from her,” Kanaan said. “Her feedback is remarkable. I think it’s a learning process for both of us to understand the way we like cars and how we can migrate from one car to another.”

Kanaan already has pranked her by greasing the door handle of her passenger car so she had to walk back to the truck to get something to wipe away the mess. His real mission with De Silvestro is to find her a boyfriend and says he will launch a Twitter campaign to find one for her.

No matter what pranks he may pull, Kanaan is serious about winning, but is rather philosophical about it as well.

“There are so many variables and that’s what makes me want to come back,” he mentioned. “That’s the beauty of this place. I hate it sometimes.”

Kanaan said even if he never wins at Indy, he will not be bitter because the fans at Indianapolis have made him a bigger name even more for not winning.

“We have tried everything,” he reflected. “I say this place will pick the winner. If it’s my day, it’s my day.”

He is still asked every year, “What’s it going to take to win?”

His reply is very simple: “What it really is going to take is to lead the last lap.”

Qualified for the 12th position Sunday, Kanaan will be making his 12th start in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
SPT061214 stan's rosselli.jpg

Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Whipped into shape: Kevin Selby watches as Johnny Rosselli with a heavy rope attached to kettle bells. Selby is one of the managers at Stan�s Fitness Center.

  • Valley gym review: Choosing the right fit for your fitness goals

    Below is a review of nine Terre Haute/Vigo County fitness centers (listed in alphabetical order). A partial list of others from around the Wabash Valley appears elsewhere in this section. Surely at least one can fit your needs.

    July 13, 2014 11 Photos

  • minors.jpg From Terre Haute to the majors: Eitel, Phegley recognized as Triple-A All-Stars

    Phegley is a third-time All-Star in the International League, while Marshall, Ill., native Derek Eitel was named to his first Triple-A All-Star game. The Rose-Hulman graduate and right-handed relief pitcher for the Reno Aces has put up impressive numbers in the Pacific Coast League. Eitel has a 2.70 earned-run average with 60 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks’ top minor-league team.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT 071214 RYAN SABO.jpg Gems cut Rex hold on first place to 1/2 game

    As good as the Terre Haute Rex have been in the second half of the Prospect League season — the Rex had lost just once entering Saturday's game against the Quincy Gems — the Gems themselves have given the Rex little reason to feel comfortable atop the West Division.

    July 13, 2014 3 Photos

  • Local boxers to compete at Indiana Black Expo

    Two boxers from Terre Haute’s Sweatbox Gym will be featured on a card at the Indiana Black Expo Midwest Invitational Boxing Showcase next weekend at the Indiana Convention Center.

    July 12, 2014

  • SPT071114  LL BB team.jpg Bradley’s stellar pitching helps TH North win District 4 title

    Jordan Bradley didn’t walk a batter until the sixth inning, scattering three hits in a shutout pitching performance to lead Terre Haute North to the District 4 championship with a 4-0 victory over a tough Clinton team.

    July 11, 2014 3 Photos

  • Andy Amey: Just a small trip to talk about this time

    To paraphrase Carl Spackler, the heavy stuff’s not going to come for quite awhile. So while it’s true that I’m back from a week’s vacation, it’s not time — yet — for the big vacation column. Trips to Noblesville, Brunswick and Reelsville, while providing some nice family time, don’t really have the cachet to fill newspaper space.

    July 11, 2014

  • Pacers sign three free agents

    The Pacers couldn’t keep waiting around for Lance Stephenson to make up his mind. So on Friday, they went to work. The two-time Eastern Conference runner-ups announced they had signed three free agents — backup big man Lavoy Allen, swingman C.J. Miles and Damjan Rudez, a sharp-shooting forward from Europe.

    July 11, 2014

  • Odum heads for Vegas with Kings summer team

    Terre Haute native Jake Odum scored three points in the Indiana Pacers’ 84-74 victory on Thursday over the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League.

    July 11, 2014

  • Metro sports: Rosselli, Biechler capture Prospect League honors

    The Terre Haute Rex swept the Prospect League Player of the Week honors this week.

    July 11, 2014

  • Thoroughbreds complete race card at Martinsville

    Thoroughbred races were on Friday’s card to wind up four days of Illinois racing at the Martinsville Agricultural Fair. Horses owned by Bart Baird and Lance and Stacey Holsapple won all six of the thoroughbred races on the card with two other features run for ponies and mules.

    July 11, 2014

Local Interest
High School
College
Sports Columns
minors.jpg

Pro Sports
Terre Haute Rex
SPT 071214 RYAN SABO.jpg

Tribune-Star/Bob Poynter Fetch and fire: Rex third baseman #15 Ryan Sabo looks to first base after fielding a line drive down the baseline during game action against Quincy. Sabo got the runner for an out.

Colts
clark.jpg

Auto Racing
AP Auto Racing News
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns Raw: Stunning Timelapse of WC Final Host City Raw: Israel, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire Raw: Militants, Israelis Exchange Rocket Fire Israel Widens Attack As Gaza Death Toll Rises Raw: Airstrike Creates Chaos on Gaza Streets Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court Raw: Airstrike Creates Chaos on Gaza Streets Raw: Sirens Blare Over Jerusalem Diaz and Segel Strip Off for 'Sex Tape' Proposed Bill to Regulate NY Costumed Characters Arizona Mom of Missing Baby Released From Prison Death Toll Tops 100 As Israel Offense Continues Raw: Rebel Leader Weds in Eastern Ukraine Netherlands Beats Host Brazil 3-0 to Finish 3rd Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Ana Ortiz on 'Devious Maids' Finale FIFA Rejects Suarez Appeal Against Biting Ban WH: LeBron's Move a 'Powerful Statement'
NDN Video
Cleveland welcomes home LeBron Houston Killer Collapses in Court When Read Capital Murder Charges for Allegedly Killing Family of Six Worst Valet Ever Wrecks $500K Lamborghini Glee Star Becca Tobin's Boyfriend Matt Bendik Found Dead in Hotel Aerial fish restocking in Utah ScarJo Channels Marilyn Monroe Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash Emmy Nominations: What to Watch For 'Game of Thrones' Leads 66th Emmy Awards Nominations Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Elephant Pool Party at The Oregon Zoo Must-See! Berry and Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity
Real Estate News