No love lost between Andretti Green Racing and Ganassi
Tough guy Chip Ganassi is no teddy bear, but he could probably use a hug after Sunday's "classless act" by rival owners Michael Andretti and Kevin Savoree at the Detroit Grand Prix, writes Bruce Martin.
Dixon accused Kanaan of using team tactics to protect his teammate Franchitti at Infineon Raceway a week earlier.
"I strongly believe he did it on purpose," Kanaan said of Dixon. "Now, he can say no. We can't prove it. He can say, 'I was crashing and I couldn't reach the brakes, here we go.'"Do I think it was on purpose? Yes. But you know what, like he always said last weekend, too, what goes around comes around. So here we go. He lost the championship lead. He's not sleeping very well this week and I'm coming."So, with one week left in the IndyCar season, the soap opera continues, and now it's reached the point that team owners are at each other's throats.At Infineon, it was Andretti who was upset at Franchitti after he knocked his son, Marco, out of the way after the final pit stop and Marco came out just in front of Franchitti on the racetrack. At that point, Andretti went from being Franchitti's team owner to Marco's "Little League Dad."Now, the frustration is being directed at fellow Pennsylvanian Ganassi, who hails from Pittsburgh; Andretti is from the eastern burg of Nazareth.Instead of being a battle of these two natives of the Keystone State, Andretti and Savoree looked more like the Keystone Cops after confronting The Mighty Chip.At the same time, the Andretti attitude has brought this year's IndyCar title race to a new level of intensity that has made this season far more interesting than the weekly stock-car snore-a-thons.But who would ever have imagined that it would be possible to make Ganassi a lovable character or a sympathetic figure?That was before Andretti and Savoree began to carry this chip on their shoulder that they will cart off with another IndyCar title with Franchitti, or fall off like a boulder if Dixon battles back to give Ganassi his second championship.Either way, somebody please pass the antacid. Bruce Martin is a freelance contributor to ESPN.com.
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