Found July 09, 2012 on
Race Review Online:
No one is hotter than Ryan Hunter-Reay in the IZOD IndyCar Series, but Tony Kanaan is close.
The Brazilian is knocking at the door of returning to victory lane for the first time since Iowa in 2010. It's been 36 races since his last victory, but I think Kanaan is close to breaking through.
Kanaan finished fourth yesterday in the Honda Indy Toronto. The run marked his third straight top-five finish and the fourth top-five in the past six races. Kanaan's only two finishes outside the top five since Indy were a sixth place in Belle Isle and an 11th in Texas.
Even Texas was a race in which he was a factor until the end. However, Will Power cut Kanaan off and cut down his tire, forcing him to make an unscheduled pit stop.
The recent hot streak has put Kanaan one point outside the top five in the points and if luck goes his way he can stay in the title hunt.
I don't think there's anyone more deserving of getting in victory lane than Kanaan. He's been a factor in nearly every race and is a big time fan favorite. There's no one on the circuit who gets bigger cheer than Kanaan.
Kanaan has a great driving style. He makes bold moves and flat-out knows how to drive the car. I think Kanaan will be in victory lane by the end of the season and will in all likelihood finish in the top five in points.
Kanaan 2012 stats
Top 5s: 5
Top 10s: 6
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