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The unknown champion

Updated: October 22, 2004, 4:02 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

Gotta love that Tony Kanaan! Of course, you'd have to know who he was in order to do so.

There could be a story in there somewhere.

Here's a tip of ye olde crash helmet to the best racer you've never heard of. Tony Kanaan has completed an Indy Racing League season that was the rough equivalent of the 1998 Yankees, and outside of the IRL's hardcore following there was nary a celebratory note sounded.

Kanaan made 16 starts. He won three times. He didn't finish out of the top ...

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