IndyCar’s Brazilians Outrace Hurricane Irma

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 09/10/2017 - 02:09 pm

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Pit Stop

A pair of Indy 500 winners from Brasil were on the move from Miami in a big way earlier this week.

2013 winner Tony Kanaan’s first IndyCar race came on the Homestead, Florida oval for the Miami Grand Prix in 1998 and he’s competed in every season since, but a few days ago he was behind the wheel for a different kind of long distance run: north, and away from the approaching hurricane Irma.

Racer’s Robin Miller reports: “With his Miami house facing the wrath of Hurricane Irma, Kanaan's wife Lauren and two of his three boys flew back home to Indiana Thursday morning, while Tony boarded up his two-story home as best as possible and hopped into a motorhome with publicist Benito Santos to drive there. That was Thursday evening, and they finally pulled into Indy 27 hours later, on Friday night about 9 p.m. ET.

"It's usually a 17-hour drive but the traffic leaving Florida and going through Atlanta was unbelievable," said Kannan. "And we only stopped for gas and it still took 27 hours."



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Leaving it All Behind

"My home is right on the Atlantic Ocean and it was built with seven feet of elevation, but they said they're expecting 9 to 13 feet of water this weekend," Kanaan said. "And I cannot even imagine 13 feet of water. I figure we'll lose at least half of the living room and who knows what else. Thankfully, I've got insurance but I cannot imagine how long it will take to gets things back to normal. So Lauren is from Indiana and we'll just make it our home for the foreseeable future."

"It's tough to leave all those things you've cherished over the years but I only packed my Baby Borg (his Indy 500 trophy), some clothes and valuables."

Miller reports that Brazil’s three-time Indy 500 winner Brazilian Helio Castroneves is in Atlanta with his girlfriend Adriana, who is from there, and their daughter.

Both Castroneves and Kanaan will come compete in the IndyCar series finale at Sonoma California on September 17th. With double points being awarded, Kanaan currently sits 9th in the points standings while Castroneves is 3rd, with a chance to win his first IndyCar Championship title.





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