When the news broke a while back that Tony Kanaan had signed with De Ferran Dragon Racing, we here at the site were very excited at the variable that would add to 2011. TK is obviously a very talented driver who made charging through the field into a game last season. What would he be able to do in 2011 and for a team that had seen a best fourth position out of former driver Raphael Matos?
It all ended on Tuesday night when Tony Kanaan was released from De Ferran due to a lack of sponsorship dollars. Did he have a sponsor? It certainly would have appeared so, but not enough money was presented to keep TK in the ride and he was let go. Already a terrible story a very short four weeks out of the season opener at St. Pete. That story got even worse today as the De Ferran Dragon boys have shut their doors to the operation. Just like that, a team that was capable of a great 2011 result has the wheels come off for good.
So what does that mean? The doom and gloom has already began to surface all over Twitter and Facebook. Fans predict the good news momentum has hit a brick wall and fallen to pieces over the recent announcements. I remain upbeat and confident on the series overall and while I will admit that the bad news is indeed bad, I refuse to believe that this is the wheels coming off of the whole series. While perhaps a bigger team, it was not the biggest and truly only a one car effort. If it was someone like Andretti Autosport falling to pieces with four cars then I understand.
So what do you think? Is this a step backwards for the series overall? Will this mean the end of TK for 2011 or even for good? Let us know in the comment section below what you think!