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Gordon, Kanaan appear to make peace after Friday comments

Aug 3, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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After making comments regarding the differences between NASCAR and IndyCar attendance, four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon tweeted late last night that he “never meant to take a shot at anyone.”

Further elaborating on the topic, he also tweeted: “I love #IndyCar just wanted to recognize how fortunate we are to get the crowds that we get in @NASCAR.”

Yesterday at Pocono, Gordon talked about his experience seeing the IZOD IndyCar Series race at the “Tricky Triangle” in July. After expressing his respect for how quick the IndyCars were, he then talked about how NASCAR should be grateful for the popularity it has compared to its open-wheel brethren.

“Sometimes we see the decline or something going flat and we are not seeing these grandstands filled up, but let me tell you, go to an IndyCar race and then a month or two weeks later and come back here,” said Gordon. “We better be very thankful for all the people we have here. It’s pretty amazing.”

Those words didn’t seem to sit well with Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan. According to a report from the Indianapolis Star’s Curt Cavin, the Brazilian said that he had been at both the ‘500’ and NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and that the difference in the two events’ attendance “was the same shock” to him.

But the matter appears to have been amicably settled, as Kanaan has tweeted that he and Gordon had spoken earlier this morning.

“Nice talking to you this morning my friend @JeffGordonWeb. Good luck in Pocono,” he tweeted.

  1. snoopyo - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Not surprising they have it settled both are class guys heck when they both talked to each other they were probably laughing about how this was made such a big deal. Actually from how it sounds drivers from both series get along with each other real well Dario, TK and Jimmie are very good friends. When Jimmie made the comments about how he thought INDYCARS shouldn’t race Jimmie got blasted for the comments and the first guys to have his back were Dario, TK and Graham Rahal. On twitter Jimmie is always rooting for TK and Dario and they root for him.

    • rodneyjewell18 - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      Agreed. Though I think TK over reacted. Truth hurts I guess.

  2. drylake - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    TK didn’t overreact. Gordon threw a hanging curve ball and TK knocked it out of the park. Specifically about the comparison between the I500 and the Brickyard 400, it was a rare combination where Indycar actually looks better. But Gordon was basically addressing NASCAR and saying “Be thankful for what you’ve got.” NASCAR has cultivated a fan base which needs instant gratification and doesn’t have the sophistication or patience to follow any other form of motorsports. More of a reflection of our culture at large. Thus, the larger crowds. It is what it is. Let’s move on to the next subject.

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