Terrible news for Tony Kanaan, with the latest announcement confirming that the Brazilian has failed to stump up enough sponsorship backing for a berth at the De Ferran Dragon Racing outfit for the 2011 IndyCar championship season, which leaves the former IndyCar title holder seemingly without a drive for this year.
The fourteen-time IndyCar race-winner had a inked a deal with team owners Stephen J. Luczo, Jay Penske, and Gil de Ferran in December last year. Kanaan lost his drive at the Andretti Autosports outfit after his main backer, 7 Eleven, elected to cut back its sponsorship commitment.
“I came up with some money, but not enough for [the drive],” a devastated Kanaan is quoted.
And with the season set to kick off in just four weeks’ time, Kanaan is on a hiding to nothing to find a team with a driver vacancy and willing to offer it at the right price.
“The bottom line now is, who will give me a deal and for how many races?” he asked.
“It’s hard to take, especially a month before the championship starts. It’s sad, but I’m going to keep fighting and go find something to drive.”
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