A week after SpeedTV.com reported that Indy Racing League team-owner
But with Kanaan spurning Ganassi to return to Andretti Green Racing, Wheldon is still in play at his team. And while his feelings may be hurt, Wheldon knows his best future opportunity is back with Ganassi, the team for which he's raced since '06, the one he joined as defending series champion after being wooed from AGR; the one he nearly brought a title to immediately when he finished tied for the final points lead but lost the championship to
Still, Wheldon, 30, thinks the deal he said was nearly done with more than a month can be revisited now that Ganassi's contingency plan has evaporated. But he knows that Ganassi won't stop looking in all directions for solutions he feels will improve his team -- the prevailing thought is he pursued Kanaan because of his greater résumé as a road/street course racer, an important skill with the IRL contesting almost half its schedule off ovals beginning next year -- so he's listening to the calls that have begun from other team owners.
SI.com caught up with Wheldon recently to assess his thoughts on the future:
We were running third at Edmonton and
The chances of me scoring wins right now are probably higher for me on the ovals than on the road courses, but I think that is going to be addressed pretty quickly. We've definitely showed signs of a lot of speed. I don't see it as a massive issue because in the offseason it will all be addressed.