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It may have been a show of support.
It also may have been a sign of things to come.
Kanaan, a Miami native, spent time with car owner Chip Ganassi as well as close friend Juan Pablo Montoya at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. But Kanaan offered no insight into what changes might happen at Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the coming weeks.
There has been speculation that Kanaan will move from the No. 8 to the No. 10, the Target-sponsored seat that suddenly opened earlier this week when four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti abruptly walked away from racing.
Ganassi made it clear Friday it could happen.
“Is he a possibility for the 10 car?” Ganassi said. “It’s not out of the question.”
Franchitti retired Thursday after doctors told him it would be too dangerous to continue racing because of injuries sustained in a harrowing crash last month.
Franchitti fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 race at Houston. He made contact with Takuma Sato’s car on the last lap and sailed into a fence.
The 40-year-old Franchitti underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover. Franchitti spent time in Miami with Kanaan before returning home and making his retirement announcement.
“I’m bummed, but if I think about my friend, he’s safe,” Kanaan said. “He’s going to continue involvement with the team, so I think it’s a benefit of mine to actually have Dario more free, more available to help me as a true teammate. He’s not driving the car, but he’s so fresh out of the car, that actually for me, in a selfish way, it works out pretty good.”
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