(Photo: Indy Racing League, sanctioning body of the IZOD IndyCar Series)For the first time in 34 races, IZOD IndyCar Series veteran Tony Kanaan returned to victory lane in yesterday's Iowa Corn Indy 250. Last winning at Richmond in June of 2008, TK also becomes the first non Penske/Ganassi to stand atop the podium on an oval since his previous win, nearly 2-years ago.
With 17 lead changes among 7 drivers, TK led a total of 62-laps, but made the race's last pass for first with 10 laps to go when the Brazilian flew by Penske Racing rival Helio Castroneves.
On lap 194, Kanaan made a rather aggressive pass on teammate Danica Patrick that drew 'ooo's' and 'aaww's' from the VERSUS booth. But, the move also gave a clear flashback to his statement after the Texas race in which he was clearly unhappy with an on-track incident involving Patrick, saying: "What goes around comes around".
After dedicating the Father's Day win to his young son, Leo, Kanaan went on to thank 2 of his 3 teammates saying: "I've got to thank Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and Marco (Andretti) for the help this weekend. I ran a little bit of Marco's set up, a little bit of Ryan's set up. After qualifying they came and talked to me for 45-minutes trying to cheer me up, because I was pretty beat down from my poor qualifying, it was totally my fault."
Prior to the Iowa race, VERSUS pit reporter Robbie Floyd asked the pilot of the #11 7-11 Dallara if he and Patrick have talked about the incident, TK replied "We haven't had a chance yet". After hearing the answer, Floyd (and I'm sure everyone else) seemed to find it a little hard to believe, and asked "It's been a week, Tony. Tell me the truth". Tony stuck to the prior statement saying "We haven't talked about that. I think everybody's over, what happens happens."