Tony Kanaan

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Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan 2008 Indy Japan 300.jpg
Tony Kanaan at the Indy Japan 300, Twin Ring Motegi race track, in April 2007
NationalityBrazilian
Born(1974-12-31) December 31, 1974 (age 39)
Salvador, Brazil
2014 IZOD IndyCar Series
Debut season2002
Current teamTarget Chip Ganassi Racing
Car no.10
Former teamsAndretti Autosport
Mo Nunn Racing
Tasman Motorsports
KV Racing Technology
Starts170
Wins15
Poles11
Fastest laps14
Best finish1st in 2004
 
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Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan 2008 Indy Japan 300.jpg
Tony Kanaan at the Indy Japan 300, Twin Ring Motegi race track, in April 2007
NationalityBrazilian
Born(1974-12-31) December 31, 1974 (age 39)
Salvador, Brazil
2014 IZOD IndyCar Series
Debut season2002
Current teamTarget Chip Ganassi Racing
Car no.10
Former teamsAndretti Autosport
Mo Nunn Racing
Tasman Motorsports
KV Racing Technology
Starts170
Wins15
Poles11
Fastest laps14
Best finish1st in 2004

Antoine Rizkallah Kanaan Filho, commonly known as Tony Kanaan (born December 31, 1974) is a Brazilian race car driver. Kanaan won the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and the 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series championship. His Indycar Series championship came while driving Andretti Green Racing's 7-Eleven sponsored car, winning three times in his Honda-powered Dallara. That season he completed 3,305 laps, making him the first IndyCar Series driver to complete every possible lap in a season. He also led 889 laps in 13 separate races to establish an IndyCar Series record. Kanaan is also the only driver to lead the Indianapolis 500 in each of his first seven starts, and won his first Indy 500 in 2013 on his 12th attempt. He has a total of 15 IRL race victories. Kanaan was released from Andretti Autosport in October 2010 after 7-Eleven announced it would not return as his primary sponsor in 2011. After initially signing on with de Ferran Dragon Racing, the team shut down when sponsorship did not materialize. Kanaan currently drives the #10 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

Racing career[edit]

Kanaan started his driving career in Italy and won the 1994 Formula Europa Boxer title for Cram Competition using a Tatuus. After a season in Italian F3 he migrated to the US and was the 1997 Indy Lights champion, driving for Tasman. In 1999 he scored his first major victory in the Champ Car World Series by winning the U.S. 500 at Michigan International Speedway for Forsythe Championship Racing. After the Forsythe team lost their McDonald's sponsorship package, Kanaan moved on to Mo Nunn's start-up team for the next three years before moving on to the IRL in 2003 as a driver for Andretti Green Racing.

Following his IRL championship season, in 2005 he placed second in the championship to his teammate Dan Wheldon, and he won his first pole position for the Indianapolis 500 to add to his finishes of second, third, fifth and eighth in the event. Until his 2013 win at the Indy 500, it was one of the few holes in his resume. In September 2005 he tested a Formula One car with the BAR-Honda Team at Jerez as a reward for his 2004 IRL championship in a Honda powered car.

Kanaan is good friend of Brazilian Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello, and they exchanged helmets for the events on May 28, 2006. Barrichello wore Kanaan's helmet livery during the Monaco GP and Kanaan wore Rubens's one during the Indy 500. The two of them created a charity offering financial and technical aid to institutions within the voluntary sector, the Barrichello Kanaan Institute.[1]

Another of Kanaan's long-time good friends and a former teammate from his Tasman days is Helio Castroneves. Kanaan and Castroneves have developed an intense rivalry that has resulted in some hard feelings. Castroneves accused Kanaan of costing him the 2006 IndyCar Series championship by racing him too hard for position in the final race. Kanaan countered that he was not paid to let other people pass him for position. The two started to patch up their differences at Indianapolis in 2007.

Kanaan practicing for the 2007 Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan in 2010.

Kanaan had a fine 2007 season, winning a series-high five events by taking first place in Japan at Honda's Twin Ring Motegi track, the Milwaukee Mile, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, and the Detroit Grand Prix in Belle Isle. He also took the pole position at Kansas, although a pit-incident with team-mate Danica Patrick dropped him from a possible win. Later he took a second pole position at Kentucky. At the 2007 Indianapolis 500 he dominated the field and led at a rain delay just past the halfway point. A questionable call to pit right before the rain-shortened race ended gave the race to his teammate, Dario Franchitti, who did not appear to have Kanaan's speed. It was the latest in a string of disappointments at Indianapolis, and Kanaan was then often referred to—along with his team owner Michael Andretti – as one of the best drivers never to win the Indianapolis 500.[2] Kanaan recorded his first win of 2008 in the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. In the 2009 race he hit the wall and failed to finish.

In October 2010, Kanaan was released from his contract with Andretti Autosport, a few weeks after convenience store giant 7-Eleven announced it would not return as Kanaan's primary sponsor in 2011. Kanaan won 14 races and 1 championship in 8 years with Andretti Autosport.

In March 2011, Kanaan announced a deal with KV Racing Technology. He will drive the No. 82 car sponsored by GEICO. In August 2011, it was announced that Kanaan signed on for another year with KV Racing Technology according to team owner Jimmy Vasser.[3]

On May 26, 2013 Kanaan won the 97th Indianapolis 500, his 1st Indy victory, he claimed, "I was known for not winning and now I am known for winning. The last lap was the longest lap of my life. I get to put my ugly face on that trophy." It was his first IndyCar victory since leaving Andretti Autosport and the first IndyCar Series victory for KV. Kanaan tied Sam Hanks in being the most experienced driver Indy 500 driver to win his first Indy 500, both doing so in their twelfth start.[4] At Sonoma, Kanaan tied with Jimmy Vasser for the all-time IndyCar record for most consecutive starts with 211, dating back to Portland in 2001.[5]

Kanaan will not return to KV Racing Technology in 2014, and on September 27, 2013, the Associated Press reported that Kanaan will join Chip Ganassi Racing.[6]

Indianapolis 500 history[edit]

Kanaan arrived at Indianapolis as a rookie in 2002, and despite being one of the top drivers on the IndyCar circuit, experienced a notable streak of bad luck for eleven seasons until finally winning the race in 2013.[7][8][9] Kanaan won the pole position in 2005, finished second in 2004, and also broke a historical race record by leading at least one lap in his first seven starts. Despite being competitive in most years, numerous near-misses, unfortunate crashes, and his status as a fan-favorite driver, made his 2013 long-awaited triumph a popular victory.

Personal life[edit]

Kanaan is of Lebanese ancestry.[13]

Racing record[edit]

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

YearTeam12345678910111213RankPoints
1996Tasman MotorsportsMIA
10
LBH
2
NAZ
12
MIS
17
MIL
7
DET
1
POR
5
CLE
19
TOR
24
TRO
2
VAN
2
LS
1
2nd113
1997Tasman MotorsportsMIA
6
LBH
5
NAZ
5
SAV
23
STL
10
MIL
3
DET
1
POR
3
TOR
2
TRO
1
VAN
2
LS
2
FON
9
1st156

CART[edit]

YearTeamChassisEngine123456789101112131415161718192021RankPoints
1998Tasman MotorsportsReynard 98iHonda HRKMIA
Ret
MOT
6
LBH
5
NZR
9
RIO
Ret
STL
Ret
MIL
17
DET
8
POR
4
CLE
14
TOR
Ret
MIS
11
MDO
8
ROA
4
VAN
Ret
LS
3
HOU
3
SRF
7
FON
Ret
9th92
1999Forsythe RacingReynard 99iHonda HRSMIA
Ret
MOT
6
LBH
Ret*
NZR
Ret
RIO
5
STL
7
MIL
18
POR
15
CLE
Ret
ROA
6
TOR
Ret
MIS
1
DET
6
MDO
Ret
CHI
11
VAN
9
LS
Ret
HOU
9
SRF
6
FON
9
11th85
2000Mo Nunn RacingReynard 2KiMercedes-Benz IC108FMIA
10
LBH
Ret
RIO
Ret
MOT
Ret
NZR
8
MIL
10
DET
DNS
POR
Inj
CLE
Inj
TOR
Inj
MIS
Ret
CHI
Ret
MDO
13
ROA
8
VAN
14
LS
Ret
STL
13
HOU
10
SRF
8
FON
Ret
19th24
2001Mo Nunn RacingReynard 01iHonda HR-1MTY
7
LBH
7
TXS
NH
NZR
16
MOT
3
MIL
6
DET
DNS
POR
Ret
CLE
16
TOR
Ret
MIS
Ret
CHI
8
MDO
5
ROA
12
VAN
4
LAU
7
ROC
8
HOU
12
LS
8
SRF
17
FON
5
9th93
2002Mo Nunn RacingReynard 02iHonda HR-2MTY
16
LBH
20
MOT
15*
12th99
Lola B02/00MIL
16
LS
12
POR
8
CHI
8
TOR
17
CLE
8
VAN
3
MDO
14
ROA
4
MTL
3
DEN
6
ROC
15
MIA
9
SRF
5
FON
4
MXC
8*

IndyCar Series[edit]

YearTeamChassisEngine12345678910111213141516171819RankPoints
2002Mo Nunn RacingG-ForceChevroletHMSPHXFONNZRINDY
28
TXSPPIRRIRKANNSHMISKTYSTLCHITX250th2
2003Andretti Green RacingDallaraHondaHMS
4
PHX
1
MOT
14
INDY
3
TXS
2
PPIR
2
RIR
5
KAN
4
NSH
9
MIS
16
STL
2
KTY
6
NZR
18
CHI
6
FON
3
TX2
14
4th476
2004Andretti Green RacingDallaraHondaHMS
8
PHX
1
MOT
2
INDY
2
TXS
1
RIR
5
KAN
3
NSH
1
MIL
4
MIS
2
KTY
5
PPIR
5
NZR
2
CHI
3
FON
2
TX2
2
1st618
2005Andretti Green RacingDallaraHondaHMS
3
PHX
3
STP
2
MOT
6
INDY
8
TXS
3
RIR
19
KAN
1
NSH
19
MIL
4
MIS
4
KTY
20
PPIR
3
SNM
1
CHI
5
WGL
2
FON
2
2nd548
2006Andretti Green RacingDallaraHondaHMS
11
STP
3
MOT
3
INDY
5
WGL
11
TXS
7
RIR
18
KAN
5
NSH
12
MIL
1
MIS
4
KTY
5
SNM
11
CHI
7
6th384
2007Andretti Green RacingDallaraHondaHMS
5
STP
3
MOT
1
KAN
15
INDY
12
MIL
1
TXS
2
IOW
16
RIR
4
WGL
4
NSH
18
MDO
4
MIS
1
KTY
1
SNM
4
DET
1
CHI
6
3rd576
2008Andretti Green RacingDallaraHondaHMS
8
STP
3
MOT1
5
LBH1
DNP
KAN
2
INDY
29
MIL
3
TXS
5
IOW
18
RIR
1
WGL
3
NSH
4
MDO
7
EDM
9
KTY
8
SNM
3
DET
3
CHI
4
SRF2
21
3rd513
2009Andretti Green RacingDallaraHondaSTP
5
LBH
3
KAN
3
INDY
27
MIL
19
TXS
8
IOW
14
RIR
6
WGL
8
TOR
17
EDM
21
KTY
3
MDO
10
SNM
8
CHI
13
MOT
11
HMS
4
6th386
2010Andretti AutosportDallaraHondaSAO
10
STP
10
ALA
8
LBH
5
KAN
3
INDY
11
TXS
6
IOW
1
WGL
21
TOR
4
EDM
12
MDO
17
SNM
7
CHI
5
KTY
4
MOT
7
HMS
3
6th453
2011KV Racing TechnologyDallaraHondaSTP
3
ALA
6
LBH
8
SAO
22
INDY
4
TXS1
11
TXS2
5
MIL
19
IOW
2
TOR
26
EDM
4
MDO
5
NHM
22
SNM
28
BAL
3
MOT
17
KTY
17
LVS
C
5th366
2012KV Racing TechnologyDallara DW12ChevroletSTP
25
ALA
21
LBH
4
SAO
13
INDY
3
DET
6
TXS
11
MIL
2
IOW
3
TOR
4
EDM
18
MDO
6
SNM
10
BAL
20
FON
18
9th351
2013KV Racing TechnologyDallara DW12ChevroletSTP
4
ALA
13
LBH
20
SAO
21
INDY
1
DET1
13
DET2
12
TXS
3
MIL
10
IOW
3
POC
13
TOR1
5
TOR2
24
MDO
24
SNM
13
BAL
15
HOU1
21
HOU2
24
FON
3
11th397
2014Chip Ganassi RacingDallara DW12ChevroletSTP
6
LBH
ALA
IMS
INDY
DET1
DET2
TXS
HOU1
HOU2
POC
IOW
TOR1
TOR2
MDO
MIL
SNM
FON
6th*28*
* Season still in progress
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points race.
YearsTeamsRacesPolesWinsPodiums
(Non-win)**
Top 10s
(Non-podium)***
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
113178111543671 (2013)1 (2004)
** Podium (Non-win) indicates 2nd or 3rd place finishes.
*** Top 10s (Non-podium) indicates 4th through 10th place finishes.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

YearChassisEngineStartFinishTeam
2002G-ForceChevrolet528Nunn
2003DallaraHonda23Andretti Green
2004DallaraHonda52Andretti Green
2005DallaraHonda18Andretti Green
2006DallaraHonda55Andretti Green
2007DallaraHonda212Andretti Green
2008DallaraHonda629Andretti Green
2009DallaraHonda627Andretti Green
2010DallaraHonda33*11Andretti Autosport
2011DallaraHonda224KV Racing Technology
2012DallaraChevrolet83KV Racing Technology
2013DallaraChevrolet121KV Racing Technology
*Tony Kanaan qualified 32nd in a back up car, but decided to switch back to his primary car for the race. This forced him to start from the 33rd position on the grid.

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

YearEntrantClassChassisEngineTyres123456789101112RankPoints
2007Andretti Green RacingLMP2Acura ARX-01aAcura 3.4L V8MSEB
ovr:2
cls:1
STPLNBTEXUTALIMMIDAMEMOSDETPET
ovr:Ret
cls:Ret
MON
ovr:6
cls:4
17th39
2008Andretti Green RacingLMP2Acura ARX-01bAcura 3.4L V8MSEBSTPLNBUTALIMMIDAMEMOSDETPET
ovr:16
cls:7
MON
ovr:3
cls:1
22nd39

Complete Stock Car Brasil results[edit]

YearTeamCar123456789101112RankPoints
2012Bassani RacingPeugeot 408INTCTBVELRBPLONRIOSALCASTARCTB
BSB
19
INT
Ret
NC†0

† Driver ineligible for championship points.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A2C - Internet to Business - www.a2c.com.br (2006-05-11). "Barrichello Kanaan Institute | Who we are". Ibk.org.br. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Emotional Castroneves finishes fast to capture third Indianapolis 500". CNN. 2009-05-24. 
  3. ^ http://www.indystar.com/article/20110828/SPORTS0107/110828008
  4. ^ Indianapolis 500 win worth $2.35 million to Tony Kanaan, Autoweek, May 27, 2013, retrieved 2013-05-27
  5. ^ Matsuda, Darryl (2013-08-24). "Dario Franchitti wins Sonoma IndyCar pole". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  6. ^ Fox Sports (2013-09-27). "Report: Tony Kanaan to join Ganassi". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  7. ^ Marot, Michael (2009-05-24). "Tony Kanaan dodges trouble at Indy". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  8. ^ Vermette, Brian (2010-05-28). "Can Helio Castroneves win the Indianapolis 500 from the pole and become a four-time winner?". RaceDriven.com. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  9. ^ Martin, Bruce (2009-07-26). "A difficult year for Brazilian Kanaan takes a downright frightening turn". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  10. ^ "Indy 500 Capsule". cnnsi.com. 2002-05-26. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  11. ^ Ganguli, Tanya. Orlando Sentinel blog – http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_nascar/2009/05/indy-500-irl-points-leader-tony-kanaan-is-done-scott-dixon-leads.html
  12. ^ Rabjohns, Jeff (2011-05-29). "Indy 500: Tony Kanaan has another dramatic day". RaceDriven.com. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  13. ^ Lebanese Brazilian Tony Kanaan Wins The Indy 500. Updated News. 2013-05-28.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Empringham
Indy Lights Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Cristiano da Matta
Preceded by
Patrick Carpentier
CART Rookie of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Juan Pablo Montoya
Preceded by
Scott Dixon
IRL IndyCar Series Champion
2004
Succeeded by
Dan Wheldon
Awards
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Sam Hornish, Jr.
Scott Brayton Award
2007
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Vitor Meira