Kanaan's problems return at Indianapolis 500

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014
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"When we went to restart the car, the starter ripped inside the car and we lost 18 laps," Kanaan said. "It is what it is."

Kanaan's struggles were only part of the problem Ganassi's team had this May.

None of the powerhouse team's four cars were fast enough on the first day of qualifying to make it into the pole shootout. And after finding enough speed to be competitive on the second day of qualifying, the problems resurfaced Sunday.

Ryan Briscoe was forced to pit on the second lap of the 200-lap race with a flat left rear tire. Kanaan's problems began on lap 66. Then, on lap 150, Charlie Kimball crashed in the second turn — bringing out the first yellow flag of the day — and 2008 Indy winner Scott Dixon spun coming out of the fourth turn on lap 168 and slammed into the SAFER barrier, bringing out the second caution of the day.

"All of a sudden, it just started to slide mid-pack. I tried to catch it and there was no catching it," Dixon said. "I feel really bad for the guys. We had a pretty strong car all day."

Briscoe recovered to finish 18th, the best finish among the Ganassi quartet. Dixon was 29th, Kimball was 31st, and Kanaan finished though nowhere near where he had hoped.

"Our day was pretty much over before it started with the issues we had on pit lane," he said. "When you go that many laps down, you simply cannot recover. I always say this place chooses the winner and unfortunately today she didn't choose us."