Kanaan in position to win IndyCar Triple Crown

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“Jimmy really doesn’t want me to beat him,” Kanaan said, laughing. “He’s my boss. He can take me out of the car any time he wants. I’m trying to be nice to him.”

Vasser said the streak might be over if not for his well-timed “Look out!” when a distracted Kanaan almost drove over a piece of equipment after the recent Milwaukee race.

“I could have kept my record,” a laughing Vasser said.

Kanaan, the popular Brazilian, has 16 career wins since his 1998 debut.

“I’m still going, that’s what matters,” he said. “You don’t hang on for this long just because you’re lucky. I think it’s proof I still can do the job. I try not to think too much.”

Vasser won his own $1 million paydays over his career and knows Kanaan is capable pulling of the triple sweep.

“We need to get off the horse and win a few,” Vasser said. “The Triple Crown is nice, but we’ve got to get back into the championship fight.”

Kanaan and Vasser have been friends since the late 90s. Vasser said “We’ve had our disagreements,” but the two have a solid working relationship that he hoped would continue beyond this year. Kanaan’s deal is up at the end of the season, and ideally he’d return with Vasser to defend at Indy.

Kanaan ended 12 years of frustration when he finally won in May, thousands of fans screaming, “TK! TK! TK!” on that long, final lap.

The glow from that milestone win still hasn’t faded.

“I hope it goes on forever,” Vasser said. “There’s the baby Borg, the rings, his face on the ticket. There’s still a lot to come. Champions, forever.”

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