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Kanaan Moves to A.J. Foyt Racing
The announcements for 2018 continued on Thursday morning as it was revealed that Tony Kanaan will move to AJ Foyt Racing, driving the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet.
“We’ve talked to Tony for the last couple of years and I’m just glad we were able to put something together because I know he wants to win as bad as we do,” Foyt said. “I think he still has two or three good years in him. He’s always been a hard charger and I like somebody who wants to charge hard.”
Kanaan drove for Chip Ganassi Racing this past season, scoring just three top-fives in 17 races. It was announced end of year that Ganassi would downsize their organization from four entries to two in 2018, with Scott Dixon taking one of those seats.
“I just thought it was a great opportunity for me to build something where we can make history, and for me that’s what racing’s all about,” said Kanaan, who signed a multi-year contract to drive for Foyt. “Yes it is about the wins, but it’s also about the people, the people that you’re associated with. We’re going to make some history.”
AJ Foyt Racing is looking for a change in the tide for 2018, after both Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly failed to place in the top-15 last year. Neither driver has announced plans for next year, with Munoz having driven the No. 14 in 2017.
The expectation to improve fits perfectly with Kanaan, who has raced in the series for 20 years.
“My biggest challenge will be getting to know everybody and really make everybody work for one goal which is go win the race. But at the same time, over the weekend we need to remember why we’re there, why we’re sacrificing everything we have to be there, and have some fun. That’s really important as well. And I can tell you when you’re not winning, you’re not having fun, so we’ve got to win.”
The team also announced that Technical Director Eric Cowdin will serve as the race engineer, having been with Kanaan for 15 of his previous 17 victories, including the Indianapolis 500. Cowdin has experience with CGR, KV Racing Technology, Team Penske, and Andretti-Green Racing.
“I would like to thank A.J. and Larry for the opportunity to join the team,” said Cowdin, who earned his degrees in aerospace engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (B.S. in 1991) and Virginia Tech (Masters in 1993). “I’m looking forward to continuing my long relationship with TK and reuniting with the folks at Chevy. We have a big challenge ahead of us with the new universal aero kit and I can’t wait to get started.”
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