Kanaan's fourth place finish came at the expense of Ryan Briscoe, who had been running in that position until the penultimate lap when he suddenly had to make a dive for pit lane for a splash-and-dash.
"We didn't get a full fill on the yellow stop so we ran short on fuel and had to pit at the end," he explained. "We really needed a yellow flag to make it and we just didn't get it. It's too bad ... . We had some awesome battles with Helio and Wilson. It's just a little disappointing that we had a top-five car but we finished 10th."
And overall, the new Edmonton circuit layout seemed a hit with the drivers, even if Justin Wilson admitted that "I prefer the old one because it was a driver's race track, a lot more fun to drive."
Franchitti was in some agreement with Wilson. "[The new layout] certainly produces more passing than the old track, but it's maybe taken some of the character out," he said. "There's some really fast ... very aggressive corners. You had to really hang on. This is more of a technical track the whole way. Almost as physical, though, because it's so easy to make a mistake you're on edge the whole time.
"I thought the infrastructure, the grandstands and everything offered great viewing points it looked like for the fans. The promoter did a good job of that. Looked like a good crowd, as usual, enthusiastic.
"I'd like a couple of changes: a slightly longer straight and a fast corner," suggested Franchitti.
"Maybe Turn 13, instead of where it is right now, it could be a little bit further," added Castroneves. "And instead of a first gear, it could be something more with a second or third gear even. So that means you do create opportunities for passing, you know. That would be the only thing, I guess."
"We do tend to moan as drivers!" admitted Franchitti light-heartedly as the post-race press conference wrapped up, and the IndyCar road show headed on to Mid-Ohio for the next road course race in two weeks time.
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