May 21, 2014
Don't put any credence, Tony Kanaan suggests, in that his last-place finish in the "Wahoo Racer 500" on May 20 is an omen for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 25.
After all, he won "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" last year after starting 12th.
"The best way to overcome a loss is with a win so that's what we are going to do," said Kanaan, who helped christen the multi-lane water attraction at Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, Texas.
Kanaan starts 16th in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car painted silver to recognize the 25th anniversary of the partnership between the retail giant and Verizon IndyCar Series team. He is seeking to become the first repeat winner since Helio Castroneves in 2002.
"I'm very happy with my race car so that's what counts," he said.
"Last year I was already happy with the car I got, but I think we've got a better car. But the field is definitely more competitive this year. We'll see what's going to happen.
"Obviously, this is the Indy 500, but I take every race as a race you have to win. It is a longer race than some of the others. The way I approach it is just other race we have to win. (Being a longer race) things could happen to you in the beginning, you don't lose your cool, things will come around and work it out towards the end.
"If you use an extra pressure, you're going to put an extra effort just because it's the '500,' to me you're not a complete driver. You should put extra effort every time you go on the racetrack. I try to take that pressure off and not think about it's the Indy 500, it's another race that we have to win. We're here to win every one of them if we can."