Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan pulled a black tablecloth off an easel, revealing a supersized ticket for this year's race. The 2014 Indy 500 ticket features a photograph of Kanaan hugging the Borg-Warner Trophy with a big smile on his face. Fans who have already purchased tickets should receive them in the next few weeks.
"It was a very good moment when that picture was taken," said Kanaan during a 500 Festival Corporate Members event at the Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis.
Kanaan has basked in the glory of winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner. He finally won the Greatest Spectacle in Racing on his 12th try, tying the 500 record for winning latest in a driver's career.
"We are 90 days to the next one and I'm still celebrating," said Kanaan. "It's awesome. I always love when people remind me that I won the race."
Kanaan will try to win again with a brand new race team. He drove to victory last year for KV Racing Technology in the fastest 500 ever, with an average speed of 187.433 mph. In October, he joined Target Chip Ganassi Racing, which has won five of the last six IndyCar championships, including Scott Dixon's third title last year.
"The bulls eye is on me," said Kanaan, referencing the Target logo that will be prominently featured on his IndyCar. "I don't have a problem with that. I've faced a lot of challenges in my career before. I've faced a lot of pressure, too. I would not have accepted this challenge if I didn't think I could do it. It's not going to be easy. A lot of eyes are going to be on us. That's what I asked for. Let's go do it."
Kanaan will drive the No. 10 car, previously driven by his good friend Dario Franchitti, who was forced to retire after injuries suffered in a crash in Houston last year.
"Big challenge for me," said Kanaan. "It's a very good car, a very good team. There's a lot of history in the No. 10, from Dan Wheldon to Dario and now to me. Hopefully, we'll have a good year. "
The IndyCar season opens March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The 98th Indianapolis 500 is set for May 25 at 12 noon.