“She definitely needs to change her attitude. Not against the public or
the fans,” Kanaan said. “In herself. She’s not happy with herself right
now. And I can understand that. I can relate to that because I’ve been
there. I had a terrible year last year.”
was somber Sunday afternoon, but exchanged hugs and handshakes with his whole Andretti Autosport team when
Bump Day ended.
Last year, Kanaan finished sixth in the standings, a distant 230 points back of first place Dario Franchitti, and didn’t record a win last season. And it’s not like Kanaan has been terrible at Indianapolis Motor Speedway either. Despite not reaching Victory Lane, he’s led in seven of his eight Indianapolis 500s.
Kanaan said that he and Patrick talked last night, and Patrick realized that what she said Saturday was wrong.
“I think my best advice to her, which I told her last night, is
you’ve got to learn from the tough times,” Kanaan said. “The same guys
that she finished fifth in the championship last year and won her first
race, they’re still there. Those are the same people. In racing,
besides having a good setup and a good car, I believe that your
attitude counts a lot.
“The best advice I said to her was, ‘Look, start having fun again.’
When you wake up in the morning in your bus and you can’t wait to go to
the racetrack and see your guys, it’s the best feeling. But when you
wake up in the morning and say God, I’ve got to drive a race car again,
that’s not good.”