IndyCar »

Kanaan, Hunter-Reay, Viso drop out of Rolex 24

Tony Kanaan, EJ Viso and Ryan Hunter-Reay have had to pull out of this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance event because of a sponsorship problem.
IndyCar stars Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay and EJ Viso will not be competing in this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance event, after the sponsorship funding for their #2 Starworks Motorsports Ford Riley failed to materialise.

"Guys, unfortunately I will not race at the Daytona 24H this Saturday. The funding that the Starworks Motorsports team had went away," Kanaan announced on his Twitter page on Tuesday. "As far as I know only the 2nd car is out. Their regular entry is still good for the race."

Kanaan had been due to race the car on the infield road course in Daytona Beach, Florida alongside fellow IndyCar drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and EJ Viso. Miguel Potolicchio and Maurizio Scala were also slated to share the driving duties.

"Some bad news today, funding evaporated on the No. 2 Starworks car I was set to drive in the Daytona 24 hour this weekend," Hunter-Reay announced on his own Twitter timeline. "This will be the first time I have missed the 24hrs of Daytona since 2006!"

"Disappointed," added EJ Viso. "We had a good lineup going on for the 24h."

Viso went on to make it clear that he felt the blame lay with the intended sponsors not living up to their word: "A shame that there still are people that don't follow what they agree. Shame on them," he tweeted. "It has nothing to do with the team. They did all they where supposed to."

As for Kanaan, he was trying to stay philosophical. "On the other hand, I will be testing my #11 KV Racing IndyCar on Monday again!" he added to his Twitter page, along with a Michael Jordan quote: "I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."

Starworks owner Peter Baron said he had held off on the decision until the very last minute in the hope that the money would materialise.

"The funding was supposed to come through for that, we we're waiting for as long as possible and holding out hope, but it all fell through at the last moment and we can't funds things out of our own pocket," he said. "It would have been very exciting, but that is motor sport. Sometimes these things happen. Everybody worked very hard to get everything in place."

There is still the possibility that the team could field the car with a different set of drivers if a late deal comes through, but the trio of IndyCar stars are definitely out of the event. "We're doing our best to see what we can figure out," said Baron. "I can't really say more."




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Ryan Hunter-Reay in the pit lane at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. [Photo: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Tony Kanaan rues a difficult and frustrating qualifying session on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe wrecks after contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay in the closing laps of the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Degree Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, raced to a sixth-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 races to a second-place finish Saturday, June 27, 2015, in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan, and Graham Rahal go three-wide going into Turn 1 during the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Graham Rahal, Tony Kanaan, and Marco Andretti hoist their trophies on Victory Lane following the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday, June 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The podium of Graham Rahal, Tony Kanaan, and Marco Andretti hoist their trophies on Victory Lane following the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday, June 27 2015. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal drives past the wrecked car of Ryan Briscoe after winning the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday, June 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon climbs into his car on pit road for his qualifying run during qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on pit lane after qualifications for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay go side-by-side during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon enters Turn 3 during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on pit lane following practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Terrific, FLAKY SPONSOR backs out of a quality team effort at last minute. This happened to my T.I.D.E.Team at 1981 LeMans 24, TIDE ch.pozzi ferrari France, I used my own money, owned ferrari 512BBLM no. 31589 FROM 1980-1987. We ARE THE last FERRARI to FINSH IN TOP 5 at LeMans and win class.IMSA,5th O.A. NO SPONSORSHIP Monies taken!JerkOff Belgin driver Bernard d'Driver MISSED A SHIFT ON 2nd lap & blew motor.



© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.