When at top speed, Tony Kanaan can drive 100 meters in less than one second.

Usain Bolt, understandably, is impressed.

The Olympic sprint champion from Jamaica — the world’s fastest man — sent a pair of spikes to Kanaan as a good-luck token a few weeks ago, and could be in the driver’s circle of invited guests at Saturday’s IndyCar finale, the Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“We have a common friend and he’s from Jamaica, he knows Usain and one day I was talking about how fast that guy was and actually making a joke that I need some of his speed this year,” said Kanaan, who hasn’t won since Richmond last year and hasn’t placed higher than third this season. “Next thing I know, couple days later, he sends me a pair of shoes signed by him.”

On the shoes, Bolt scrawled, “TK, just get some speed.”

Kanaan keeps the shoes in his office — they’re way too big for him to wear — and says he counts Bolt in the small group of athletes like Lance Armstrong who were unquestionably the dominant person in their sport.

“He’s a step above anybody,” Kanaan said…..Read More

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