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Tony Kanaan
Tony  Kanaan
A.J. Foyt Enterprises
14 Chevrolet Brazil Road To Indy Graduate
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Tony Kanaan
rank
19
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 1
Astor Cup Trophy
Indy 500 Wins: 1
Borg Warner Trophy
Total Poles
15
Race Wins
17
Birthday
Dec 31, 1974
Hometown
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Residence
Miami, FL

ON TRACK

  • Ironman of Indy car racing with record 300 consecutive starts heading into 2019 - his second season driving for racing legend A.J. Foyt. Kanaan’s streak began in June 2001 at Portland.
  • 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner
  • 2004 NTT IndyCar Series champion
  • First 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. As a young go-kart racer, Kanaan 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 game shows “Celebrity Family Feud” and “American Ninja Warrior.”
  • Given name is Antoine Rizkallah Kanaan Filho.

CAREER STATS

YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2019 NTT IndyCar Series 4 0 0 0 0 0 4
2018 NTT IndyCar Series 17 0 0 0 4 20 14
2017 NTT IndyCar Series 17 0 0 3 7 55 14
2016 NTT IndyCar Series 16 0 0 5 12 37 15
2015 NTT IndyCar Series 16 0 0 6 10 213 13
2014 NTT IndyCar Series 18 1 0 6 12 407 16
2013 NTT IndyCar Series 19 1 0 6 7 79 14
2012 NTT IndyCar Series 15 0 0 5 8 54 12
2011 NTT IndyCar Series 17 0 1 7 9 97 13
2010 NTT IndyCar Series 17 1 0 7 13 68 17
2009 NTT IndyCar Series 17 0 0 5 10 88 12
2008 NTT IndyCar Series 17 1 2 11 15 415 15
2007 NTT IndyCar Series 17 5 2 12 13 348 15
2006 NTT IndyCar Series 14 1 0 7 9 148 11
2005 NTT IndyCar Series 17 2 1 12 14 375 14
2004 NTT IndyCar Series 16 3 2 15 16 889 16
2003 NTT IndyCar Series 16 1 3 9 12 337 13
2002 NTT 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 364 17 15 132 220 4071 290

RAF = Running at Finish

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First Start
March 15, 1998 (Homestead)
First Win
July 25, 1999 (Michigan)
First Pole
April 18, 1999 (Long Beach)

NTT IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2018
    • Finished 16th in the NTT IndyCar Series in his first season driving for legendary A.J. Foyt with best finish of sixth at Toronto.
    • Recorded four top-10 finishes.
    • Started a season-best sixth at Texas.
    • Led two races for 20 laps, including 19 laps in the Indianapolis 500. His 4,071 laps led rank 10th on all-time Indy car list.
    • Extended consecutive Indy car race start streak to 300 (streak began at CART Portland race in 2001).
  • 2017
    • Finished 10th in the NTT IndyCar Series point standings for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams with best finish of second at Texas
    • Recorded three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
    • Led 55 laps, to give him more than 4,000 laps led in his career.
  • 2016
    • Finished seventh in the NTT 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.
  • 2015
    • Finished eighth in NTT 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 NTT 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    • Finished third in point standings for second consecutive season with Andretti Green Racing.
    • Ended season with one win, 11 top-five finishes and 15 top-10 finishes.
    • 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 NTT IndyCar Series championship for Andretti Green Racing with three wins, 15 top-five 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 NTT 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 best 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.
    • Won first Indy car pole (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

  • 2018
    • Competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Ford GT for Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • 2017
    • Competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Ford GT for Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • 2016
    • Competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in a prototype 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.
  • 2014
    • Competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring in a prototype for Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • 2013
    • Competed in the GT class of the Rolex 24 At Daytona with Dener Motorsports.
    • Teamed with Joey Hand to race a Chip Ganassi Racing prototype in Rolex Sports Car Series event at Indianapolis.
  • 2012
    • Finished 22nd in Tony Stewart’s “Prelude to the Dream” dirt late model event at Eldora Speedway.
    • Competed in Stock Car Brasil races in Brasilia and Interlagos.
  • 2011
    • Finished 27th in Tony Stewart’s “Prelude to the Dream” dirt late model event at Eldora Speedway.
  • 2011
    • Finished 24th in Tony Stewart’s “Prelude to the Dream” dirt late model event at Eldora Speedway.
  • 2008
    • Made two American Le Mans Series starts for Andretti Green Racing, winning at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with teammate Franck Montagny.
  • 2007
    • Made three starts for Andretti Green Racing in the American Le Mans Series, winning the 12 Hours of Sebring LMP2 class with teammates Bryan Herta and Dario Franchitti.
    • Finished sixth in Formula Nippon season finale at Suzuka for Kanaan Racing.
  • 2006
    • Finished second in Mil Milhas Brasil in GTP1.
  • 2005
    • Tested a Formula 1 car for BAR-Honda.
    • Finished second in Mil Milhas Brasileiras.
  • 1998
    • Finished third with co-drivers Mike Borkowski and Robbie Buhl in the GT1 Class of the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona, driving a Ford Mustang for Tom Gloy 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.
    • Competed in the Interlagos round of the FIA International Touring Car Championship for Open Team Joest.
  • 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.
    • Finished fifth with Team Brasil in Formula Opel Lotus Nations Cup.
  • 1993
    • Drove limited schedule in Formula Opel Euroseries championship, finishing 10th in points.
    • Competed in one Italian Formula 3 event.
    • Finished third with Team Brasil in Formula Opel Lotus Nations Cup.
  • 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).
A.J. Foyt Enterprises

AJ Foyt Racing has been competing at the top levels of motorsports since December 1965. With team owner A.J. Foyt driving, the team won two Indianapolis 500s (1967, 1977) and three national Indy car championships (1967, 1975, 1979). Foyt won 35 of his record 67 victories driving for his own team.

Since Foyt’s retirement from driving in 1993, the team has continued to win, claiming two more Indy car titles (1996, 1998) and eight race victories, including the 1999 Indianapolis 500 with driver Kenny Brack.

Larry Foyt, A.J.’s youngest son, gave up a driving career in NASCAR to join the team in 2006. Appointed team president in 2015, he has been the driving force behind many of the team’s improvements in recent years.

AJ Foyt Racing will again field two full-time NTT IndyCar Series entries in 2019 with its all-Brazilian lineup of 2004 series champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan, who will drive the famed No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet, and Matheus Leist, who won the Freedom 100 Indy Lights event in 2017, in the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet. Entering its 15th season, ABC Supply is currently the longest active team sponsor in the series.

 

Team Website foytracing.com