Tony Kanaan
Tony  Kanaan
Chip Ganassi Racing
Tony Kanaan
rank
09
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
Dec 31, 1974
10 Honda Brazil Road To Indy Graduate
Merchandise Link Purchase Gear
Hometown
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Residence
Miami, FL

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

(after winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500): "I wanted this all my life. ... I was looking in the stands and it was unbelievable. I'm speechless. This is it. I made it."

ON TRACK

  • Ironman of Indy car racing with record 265 consecutive starts heading into 2017. His streak began in June 2001.
  • 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner
  • 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series champion
  • Only Indy car driver to complete every lap of every race during a season (2004).
  • Perennial fan favorite – voted Most Popular Driver in 2013.

OFF TRACK

  • Dedicated runner and cyclist who has competed in numerous triathlon and Ironman competitions, including the Ironman World Championship in 2011.
  • Counts late Formula One great Ayrton Senna as a mentor and friend after, as a young go-kart racer, he beat Senna in an impromptu race at Senna’s family farm in Brazil.
  • Charitable work benefits underprivileged children in Brazil
  • Speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and English
  • Had a tattoo, created late in 2015 by world-class Swedish tattoo artist Niki Norberg that depicts his greatest life achievements. Included in the design are the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s yard of bricks, the Borg-Warner Trophy – a symbol of his 2013 Indianapolis 500 win – handprints and footprints of his two oldest sons, their birthdays, the date he wed his wife, Lauren, and the top of the Rolex he won at the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
  • Competed on 2016 season episodes of prime-time games shows "Celebrity Family Feud" and "American Ninja Warrior."
  • Given name is Antoine Rizkallah Kanaan Filho.
10
CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 12 0 0 2 6 23 11
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 0 5 12 37 15
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 0 6 10 213 13
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 1 0 6 12 407 16
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 1 0 6 7 79 14
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 0 0 5 8 54 12
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 1 7 9 97 13
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 1 0 7 13 68 17
2009 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 0 5 10 88 12
2008 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 1 2 11 15 415 15
2007 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 5 2 12 13 348 15
2006 Verizon IndyCar Series 14 1 0 7 9 148 11
2005 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 2 1 12 14 375 14
2004 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 3 2 15 16 889 16
2003 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 1 3 9 12 337 13
2002 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 0 0 23 0
2002 CART 19 0 2 5 11 145 11
2001 CART 19 0 1 4 12 179 16
2000 CART 16 0 0 0 6 43 9
1999 CART 20 1 1 2 10 51 13
1998 CART 19 0 0 5 10 0 13
Total 338 17 15 131 215 4019 269

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish


Chip Ganassi Racing

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, two cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Overall his teams have 18 championships and more than 185 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, seven Rolex 24 At Daytonas, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Team Website chipganassiracing.com/
First Start
March 15, 1998 (Homestead)
First Win
July 25, 1999 (Michigan)
First Pole
April 18, 1999 (Long Beach)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2016
    • Finished seventh in the Verizon IndyCar Series for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.
    • Finished second at Road America and third at Texas.
    • Collected five top-five finishes in total.
    • Led four races for a total of 37 laps.
    • Extended consecutive Indy car race start streak to 265 (streak began at CART Portland race in 2001).
    • Ranks 10th on the all-time Indy car list with 3,996 laps led at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
  • 2015
    • Finished eighth in Verizon IndyCar Series for NTT Chip Ganassi Racing with best finish of second at Texas and Auto Club Speedway.
    • Collected six top-five finishes in total
    • Led eight races for a total of 213 laps
  • 2014
    • Joined Target Chip Ganassi Racing as replacement for good friend, the retired Dario Franchitti.
    • Collected six podium finishes, including win in season finale at Auto Club Speedway, to finish seventh in Verizon IndyCar Series standings.
    • Led 407 laps on the season, including 247 at Iowa where he was passed with two laps to go and wound up third.
  • 2013
    • Finished 11th in championship standings for KV Racing Technology-SH Racing.
    • Won 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
    • Posted six top-five and seven top-10 finishes overall.
    • Led six races for 79 laps total.
  • 2012
    • Finished ninth in standings for KV Racing Technology with a best finish of second at Milwaukee.
    • Recorded three podiums among his five top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes.
  • 2011
    • Finished fifth in the championship, the best finishing position in KV Racing’s Indy car history.
    • Recorded three podiums and one pole position (plus one pole by drawing during the second Texas race), seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
    • Advanced 18 positions to finish sixth at Barber and equaled the gain with fourth place at Indianapolis.
  • 2010
    • Finished sixth in standings for the second consecutive year, returning to victory lane at Iowa.
    • Recorded seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes for Andretti Autosport.
    • Completed 2,413 of 2,414 laps in 2010.
  • 2009
    • Finished sixth in standings for Andretti Green Racing, not winning a race for first time since 2002.
    • Recorded five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes and led 88 laps, but had five DNFs.
  • 2008
    • Ended season with one win, 11 topfive finishes and 15 top-10 finishes.
    • Finished third in point standings for second consecutive season with Andretti Green Racing.
    • Won at Richmond, giving him six consecutive seasons with a victory (2003-2008).
  • 2007
    • Finished third in standings for Andretti Green Racing with series-best five wins (Motegi, Milwaukee, Michigan, Kentucky and Belle Isle).
    • Recorded 12 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
    • Led 83 laps at Indianapolis, becoming first driver to lead laps in his first six “500” starts.
  • 2006
    • Finished sixth in championship for Andretti Green Racing with win at Milwaukee.
    • Recorded seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes.
    • Finished fifth at Indianapolis, his 3rd consecutive top five.
  • 2005
    • Finished second in season point standings for Andretti Green Racing with victories at Kansas and Sonoma.
    • Recorded 12 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.
    • Won pole for Indianapolis 500 and eventually finished eighth.
    • Led 375 laps.
  • 2004
    • Won Verizon IndyCar Series championship for Andretti Green Racing with three wins, 15 topfive finishes and 16 top-10 finishes.
    • Finished eighth in season opener at Homestead before recording 15 consecutive top-five finishes, including three wins and six second-place finishes.
    • Won at Phoenix, Texas 1 and Nashville.
    • Earned poles at Michigan and Pikes Peak.
    • Completed all 3,305 laps on the season, leading 889.
  • 2003
    • Finished fourth in points driving for Andretti Green Racing.
    • Scored win at Phoenix and won poles at Homestead, Phoenix and Pikes Peak.
    • Tied for series lead in top-five (nine) and top-10 (12) finishes.
    • Led 12 of 16 races, second only to series champion Scott Dixon.
  • 2002
    • Made Verizon IndyCar Series debut at Indianapolis 500, starting fifth and leading 23 laps for Mo Nunn Racing before accident on Lap 89 ended race in 28th place.
    • Finished 12th in CART point standings driving for Mo Nunn Racing.
    • Scored best finish of third at Vancouver and Montreal.
    • Started from pole at Miami and Auto Club.
  • 2001
    • Finished ninth in CART point standings for Mo Nunn Racing, with best finish of third at Motegi.
    • Had 12 top-10 finishes.
  • 2000
    • Finished 19th in CART for Mo Nunn Racing.
    • Recorded finish of eighth at Nazareth, Road America and Surfers Paradise.
    • Missed four events after sustaining a fractured left forearm in qualifying accident in Detroit Belle Isle.
  • 1999
    • Competed for Forsythe Racing and finished 11th in CART points, scoring first win at Michigan and first pole at Long Beach.
  • 1998
    • Named CART Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year driving for Tasman Motorsports Group.
    • Finished ninth in CART points with best finish of third at Laguna Seca and Houston.

Tony's Road To Indy

  • 2017
    • Competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona for Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • 2015
    • Teamed with Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon, Jaime McMurray and Kyle Larson to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona for Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • 1997
    • Won Indy Lights championship driving for Tasman Motorsports Group.
    • Scored two victories and seven top-three finishes.
  • 1996
    • Finished second in Indy Lights with two victories and five top-three finishes for Tasman Motorsports Group.
  • 1995
    • Scored one victory and nine podium finishes en route to fifth place in Italian Formula 3 championship.
  • 1994
    • Won Italian Formula Alfa-Boxer championship, scoring five wins.
  • 1993
    • Drove limited schedule in Formula Opel Euroseries championship, finishing 10th in points.
  • 1992
    • Finished fifth in Brazilian Formula Chevrolet championship.
  • 1991
    • Competed in Brazilian Formula Ford championship, finishing sixth.
  • Early Career
    • Competed in karts, winning Sao Paulo City Junior Karting championship three times (1986-88), Brazilian Junior Karting championship (1988), Sao Paulo City B Category Karting championship (1989) and Sao Paulo City Graduated A Category Karting championship (1990).