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Tony Kanaan, KV Racing Technology - Q&A

He's been a leader of the drivers since he was younger, back in the days of Dario, Greg. Just a lot of camaraderie. He's always out there to help younger drivers coming up with different information. He's just a great leader of the drivers. That's why it's such a popular victory.

It's not just the drivers. I was blown away driving around in the pace car. Virtually everybody was still in the stands chanting, TK.

Q:
Were you making love to the bricks or what?

Tony Kanaan:
My wife was kissing the yard more than she was kissing me the entire freaking weekend. We have to see what's up with that (laughter). No, I don't know what I was doing. People ask me if I ever, like, thought how I was going to celebrate. I never wanted to think about it. I just went there and did whatever I wanted to do.

Q:
When you finished 11th, was that the first time you knew the fans here at Indy had a lot of love for you or was there an earlier time?

Tony Kanaan:
No, I think it started when I had a crash. I'm not going to recall the year. I had a suspension failure on the back straightaway. I was sitting in third place. I had led a bunch of laps. I ended up hitting the wall in Turn 3.

I got out of the car, the entire place was crazy. I think it was 2008. Ever since then, every year it kept growing and growing. Every year that went by that I didn't win, we kept growing the fan base. More people felt sorry. More people felt that I deserved to win.

I don't know. Got out of control actually. It's awesome. Now people probably aren't going to cheer for me anymore. Whatever, next (laughter).

Q:
You were talking about numerology. You're going to be the 100th face etched on the Borg-Warner Trophy. Talk about what it's going to be like. How big of a critic are you going to be?

Tony Kanaan:
He can't make me look as bad as I look already. I'm pretty sure it's going to be fine.

Q:
But as far as the honor, the hundredth face.

Tony Kanaan:
Again, it's just a number. Just to have my face there, it's a big deal. Jimmy would probably prefer if it's 112. I don't think I'll make it up to 112.

It's an honor just to be there, for sure.

Q:
Tony, if the crash hadn't have happened, you had this 21-year-old kid that hadn't seen the speedway till two weeks ago, he was right on your tail ready to take over.

Tony Kanaan:



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