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Kanaan, Rahals engage in social media spat after Baltimore

Sep 2, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

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While the latest Scott Dixon vs. the combination of Beaux Barfield, Will Power and Tim Cindric drama inevitably will steal headlines and discussion in the days and weeks to come, there was another post-race brouhaha that emerged after IndyCar’s Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT.

Those disagreeing in this instance are current Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan, former Indianapolis 500 winner and team owner Bobby Rahal, and Rahal’s son and driver Graham.

Rahal actually was having one of his better weekends of the season in the No. 15 blu eCigs Honda for RLL Racing. He started 12th, but would have made the Firestone Fast Six had his two fastest laps not been deleted for qualifying after an incident in Turn 8.

Rahal, who ran Firestone’s primary blacks the first two stints, was a passing demon early as he advanced to sixth place on Lap 10, and maintained impressive pace on the harder of the two compounds while those ahead of him were on the softer alternate reds.

He led 5 laps and ran in the top five most of the day, even despite making contact with Scott Dixon on a Lap 48 restart at Turn 1 and avoiding a penalty. A pit stop from the lead on Lap 57 took him out of that position, and contact with Kanaan on Lap 68 put pause to his race. Kanaan brushed the wall on his own on the penultimate lap in the No. 11 Hydroxycut Chevrolet for KVRT-SH. He finished 15th, and Rahal 17th.

Rahal’s official quote first: “The blu eCigs car was awesome today; I don’t have any complaints there. We should have won that race; that was my race but everything kept going wrong for us. The strategy was on par really until those yellows. I don’t understand why they were so long but they were and it took us right out of it but at the end we started to claw our way back. I got a really good restart and I got by Kanaan. I don’t even know how far back he was but I looked in Turn 2 and couldn’t even see him. The next thing I knew, I was trying to line those guys up for the exit and he just drove absolutely square into the side of me. I really don’t get that and I’m definitely going to have some words with him.”

And here’s Kanaan’s quote, without mentioning anything regarding the incident: “It was a very physical and bizarre race. All the crashes on the restarts, all the cars that were involved just made the whole race difficult. I drove the whole first stint with a damaged front wing and still got up to sixth. I was hanging on the whole time and trying to fight through it. We pitted a bit out of sequence and got to the front avoiding all the carnage. After the last restart the car started getting away from me. It got worse and worse and finally I hit the wall in Turn 12.”

Things spilled over to social media in the aftermath. Kanaan made a general observation first:

Shortly thereafter, Bobby Rahal “subtweeted” Kanaan and suggested he had lost any respect he held for the KV Racing Technology – SH driver. Kanaan then responded saying “Hey Bob this is my twitter handle” and Bobby Rahal replied with an offer to bury the hatchet. Here’s the exchange. Make of the actions and reactions what you will. All I’ll say is that it’s a different world now where “Twitter wars” take precedence over post-race disagreements on pit lane that the cameras can see. I’m not sure I like it.

 

  1. drylake - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I wish there was a way to embargo tweets and let the senders look at them again a day later. Maybe they would change their mind. I write letters to the editor on local political issues. I NEVER send the first day. Sometimes I will sit on them for a month. Most of the time I whittle it down to the point I really wanted to make and leave the inflammatory stuff out. My opponents like me because I’m a nice guy. The editors love me because I don’t waste words to make my point. These guys shooting their mouths off in tweets then apologizing a minute later is embarrassing. Bobby, you’re too old for this. It’s undignified.

  2. bikesgonewild - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    …i’m in my 60’s & today i overheard someone at least in their mid-50’s say something to the nature of – “…i had 10 ‘likes’ on that…”…
    …i was embarassed for them…
    …i have a device that i can text info & make phone calls on…i’m good with that…

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