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Tony Kanaan, the 2004 Indy Racing League champion, will surely draw the ire of a few NASCAR fans after comments he made on a late night auto-racing talkshow in Brazil.

"There's no doubt NASCAR is akin to a religion in the USA right now, but many people – and most open-wheel fans for that matter – question the way their races always seem to have a Hollywood ending," he declared. "Not to take anything away from Dale [Earnhardt] Jr.'s victory right after his father died, or Jimmie Johnson's successes following the Hendrick plane tragedy," Kanaan continued, "but these sorts of 'coincidences' can make you go 'hmm' sometimes."

Hmm, indeed. Well, I will now back away, as I have no doubt ignited the flames of controversy. It is probably best to just let them smolder in the comment section below.

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