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Tony Kanaan during practice for the 2015 Indianapolis 500. (Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)INDIANAPOLIS — Tony Kanaan wasn’t expecting the response he received to his explanation of racing in the aftermath of James Hinchcliffe’s crash.“I didn’t think it was a big deal,” Kanaan told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “I just told the truth. I’ve been around quite a long time. I lost my racing idol (Ayrton Senna) and two of my best friends (Greg Moore and Dan Wheldon) to this sport. We retired another one (Dario Franchitti) because of it. I just told the truth.”FRANCHITTI: 2013 crash cost him more than his racing careerAfter Hinchcliffe crashed and was hospitalized Monday while practicing for the 99th Indianapolis 500, Kanaan was the subject of the post-practice press conference. He delivered a short, impromptu manifesto about racers’ motivation and reasoning that struck a chord with racers and race fans:“Every time we hop in that race car, we don’t know if we’re going to come out of it,” he said. “That’s what we have to live with. That’s what makes us different than other people. That’s why not everybody can do this. It’s tough. It’s not easy to see a friend of yours get hurt or to lose a friend, but this is the sport we chose. I’m not trying to be rude, but if people feel uncomfortable about that, then I think they should not be in a race car.”Kanan, the 2013 Indy 500 winner, said he hasn’t seen much of the online response, but has heard from fellow drivers who responded positively. But his real intention was to clear up the inaccuracies and confusion in light of four crashes that drew attention during practice.“It’s really easy for people to point fingers at things when they have no clue what they’re talking about,” Kanaan said Wednesday. “My point was they were four different crashes and four different reasons. We’re looking into those. … Like everything, it takes research. It’s going to take a little time. But what are we going to do in the meantime? We’re just going to stop?”WATCH: Simona de Silvestro on crashing a car at 230 mphInstead, Kanaan focused on the positives of Hinchcliffe’s crash. Two things weren’t supposed to happen — a rocker arm failing and a piece of the suspension piercing the car’s tub — but two other positive things did: Hinchcliffe did not sustain a head injury, and the safety crew made fast, accurate decisions that helped stop the flow of blood from the injury and get Hinchcliffe into surgery as quickly as possible.“A guy hit the wall at 215 mph is out of ICU right now and talking,” Kanaan said. “He’s going to recover 100 percent, not 90 percent. What does that tell you? Is it safe enough? For sure. There is a risk to what we do, but he’s going to be back at 100 percent.”INDY 500 SUB: Ryan Brisco will replace Hinchcliffe in Sunday’s raceOn Monday night, Kanaan tweeted his best to Hinchcliffe:Earlier in the day, he tried to explain racing to those who question why people do it.“You know when things appear to be obvious, but until you’ve heard someone say it, you don’t get it?” Kanaan said. “That’s what I tried to do.”(Greg Hester, USA TODAY Sports)