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The popular Brazilian’s contract is up at season’s end. Coming off the 500 victory, Kanaan wants a raise and major corporate sponsorship appears to have dried up. His best option at this point seems to be returning to KV Racing. Vasser, and partner Kevin Kalkhoven, would like to reach a deal before the series shifts next month to Houston.

“We’re working on it,” Kanaan said. “Right now we have all the same intentions. We all agree that we want to move forward, but we have to lock everything down.”