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Kanaan sustains hand injury at Long Beach

Tony Kanaan hopes to be able to race in the upcoming Sao Paulo Indy 300, but faces a race against time to be ready after injuring his hand at Long Beach.
KV Racing's Tony Kanaan has revealed on Twitter that he injured his hand in a late-race accident at Long Beach on Sunday, but he still hopes be be fit and able to compete in the next race, his home event in Sao Paulo.

Kanaan was involved in a late clash with Oriol Servià on the penultimate lap of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, which sent him into the tyre wall. The force of the impact transmitted through the steering wheel hurt his right hand when he was unable to let go in time.

"With the hit my hand right hand got hurt," he said on Twitter after the accident. "Went to the medical center and we will need to do an X-ray. Hoping for the best."

After the X-ray, he revealed: "No broken bones. Contusion and torn ligaments. It's a full-on injury but it will heal on its own," adding a link to a photo of the X-ray.

The KV Racing team said that they still hope Kanaan will be recovered in time for the Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Brazil on May 2, which is Kanaan's home event. However, while saying that the 38-year-old "should be fine," the team added a note of caution saying that they would be monitoring his condition over the next week.

Kanaan was clearly unhappy with Servià after the accident, which cost him a top five finish in Sunday's race.

"We had a good race going and I was set for a fifth place finish until Servià took me out with half a lap to go. It's really frustrating," he fumed afterwards. "I was the leading Chevy car out there and it was looking like a good points race for us. I'm really disappointed on how it turned out.

He later added on Twitter: "Not the finish we expected but nothing we can do about it ... Live and learn. What goes around come around. That's all I have to say."

But Servià was unrepentant about the clash, for which he was initially handed a 30 second penalty by IndyCar officials but which was later rescinded upon appeal.

"With two laps to go, I had a run on Tony," he explained. "I was on the push to pass, I don't think he saw me coming. I got in his inside and he closed the door. I was there. I cannot disappear.

"It was one of those deals where you both want the same space in the corner so you crash," he added. "I'm angry with him, he's angry with me. That's what happens in racing."



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