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Kanaan will drive the prestigious No. 10 car for Ganassi, which was vacated when Dario Franchitti retired late last year following a harrowing crash. KV Racing signed Sebastien Bourdais to replace Kanaan and landed a two-year sponsorship deal with Mistic Electronic Cigarettes.

In his speech during the trophy ceremony, Vasser - himself a former driver - thanked Kanaan for a job well done at Indy. Kanaan mentioned Kalkhoven and Vasser in his speech.

Kevin, you have a history in motor racing, your big passion, and I can’t thank you enough for this opportunity, when people thought it was over for me,” Kanaan said. “Jimmy, what can I say? We banged wheels in the past, we’ve been good friends for more than 15 years - that means we’re getting really old.”