Tony Kanaan

Driver of the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet/Dallara


Birthdate: December 31, 1974
Hometown: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Residence: Miami, Florida
Wife: Lauren
Sons: Leonardo, Deco and Max
Website: www.tonykanaan.com.br
Hobbies: Triathlon, Cycling, Running, Karting



Racing Background:

TOTAL SEASONS: 20 (1998 – 2012: CART – five (1998 – 2002); IndyCar – 12 (2002 one race – 2017)
INDYCAR SEASONS: 14 (2002 – 2017, ran one IndyCar race in 2002)
FIRST CAREER SEASON: 1998 (CART) (First career start: Miami Grand Prix at Homestead 3/15/98)
FIRST INDYCAR SERIES SEASON: 2002 (First IndyCar start: 5/26/02 Indianapolis)
TOTAL STARTS: 343 (IndyCar – 250, CART – 93)
TOTAL WINS: 17
TOTAL POLES: 14 (Last pole: Las Vegas – 2011; Drew pole in Texas race No. 2 – 2011 not counted)
TOTAL INDYCAR CONSECUTIVE STARTS: 282 (Portland 01’ – Sonoma 17’)
PERSONAL NOTES: Kanaan is a workout buff and an amateur triathlete. He often competes in 70.3 Half-Ironman races and in 2011 he trained during his regular IndyCar season and, in between races, competed in the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. He speaks four languages, English, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish and lists Ayrton Senna and Alex Zanardi as his racing heroes.

Career Summary:

  • 1986: Won São Paulo City Junior Karting Championship
  • 1987: Won São Paulo City Junior Karting Championship
  • 1988: Won Brazilian and São Paulo State Junior Karting Championships
  • 1989: Won the São Paulo State B Category Karting Championship
  • 1990: Won the São Paulo State Graduated A Category Karting Championship
  • 1991: Finished sixth in the Brazilian Formula Ford Championship
  • 1992: Finished fifth in the Brazilian Formula Chevrolet Championship
  • 1993: Competed in the Formula Opel Euroseries Championship, finishing 10th in a limited schedule
  • 1994: Won the Italian Formula Alfa-Boxer Championship with five race victories
  • 1995: Finished fifth in the Italian Formula 3 Championship, with one victory and nine podium finishes
  • 1996: Finished second in the Dayton Indy Lights Championship in his first season with Tasman Motorsports…earned two victories, two pole positions and five podium finishes
  • 1997: Champion: Dayton Indy Lights Series. Won the Dayton Indy Lights Championship for the Tasman Motorsports Group…title run was backed by two victories, three pole positions and seven podium finishes…scored points in 12 of 13 events
  • 1998: Debuted in CART Series with Tasman Motorsports Group…finished ninth in CART championship with 92 points…Earned the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year award…scored 10 top-10 finishes, five top-five showings with two podiums (back-to-back thirds at Laguna Seca and Houston)…top start was third (Rio de Janeiro, Gateway)…won the Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1999: Joined Forsythe Championship Racing Team in 1999 to competein second season of CART competition…finished 11th in the CART championship with 85 points…earned his first career victory (Michigan Speedway) and first career pole (Long Beach)
  • 2000: Moved from Forsythe Championship Racing to Mo Nunn Racing…finished 19th in the CART championship with 24 points…16 race season was interrupted by a fractured left forearm sustained in a qualifying accident at Detroit…missed four events during his recovery…claimed six top-10 finishes, season high eighth, three times (Nazareth, Road America and Australia)…top start was third at Chicago…won the Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2001: Second season with Mo Nunn Racing…finished ninth in the CART championship with 93 points…
    scored points in 14 of 19 starts…12 top-10 finishes including four top-five showings and one podium (third at Japan)…finished third in the CART championship in laps completed (2,383 of a possible 2,610)…earned second career pole position (Chicago)…won the Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2002: Third season with Mo Nunn Racing and fifth year of CART competition…also contested one IndyCar event the Indianapolis 500…finished 12th in championship standings with 99 points
    In 20 races (CART – 19; IndyCar – 1), 11 top-10 finishes including five top-five showings and two podiums (thirds at Vancouver and Montreal)…claimed two pole positions (Grand Prix Americas in Miami and Fontana)…made first IndyCar Series start at Indianapolis 500…qualified fifth, finished 28th, led 23 laps…won the Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2003: Joined Andretti Green Racing…finished fourth in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship standings with 476 points…claimed first IZOD IndyCar Series victory on March 23, 2003, at Phoenix International Raceway…posted12 top-10 finishes with nine top-five showings including six podium performances and one win…won poles in opening two races, Homestead-Miami and Phoenix, added another at Pikes Peak…led 393 laps in 16 IZOD IndyCar Series races…completed 3,079 out of a possible 3,251 total laps (94.7 percent), ranking him No. 2 among all IZOD IndyCar Series drivers in 2003…started second and finished third in the 2003 Indianapolis 500
  • 2004: Champion: IZOD IndyCar Series. Second season with Andretti Green Racing…won title earning a record 618 points…clinched the series title at California, where he finished second after starting from the 21st position due to a pre-qualifying engine change…finished in the top-10 in all 16 races with 15 top-five showings including 11 podium performances and three wins (Phoenix, Texas and Nashville)…earned two pole positions (Michigan and Pikes Peak) and seven front row starting berths…completed all 3,305 race laps, making him the first driver in any major American racing series to have completed every possible lap of competition (16 races)…led a series-record 889 laps (55.6 percent of all laps) over 13 races, including leading at least one lap in each of the final 10 events of the season…logged 15 consecutive top-five finishes and 16 consecutive top-10 finishes, both IZOD IndyCar Series records…won the Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil…Received the Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy for being the AARWBA Driver of the Year; also a member of the 2004 AARWBA All-American Team; Won the Capacete de Ouro (Golden Helmet) Award presented by Racing Magazine in Brazil; Received the Casci di Oro (Golden Helmet) Award given by Italy’s Autosprint
  • 2005: Third season with Andretti Green Racing…was runner-up in the 2005 IZOD IndyCar Series championship, scoring 548 points…claimed two wins (Kansas and Sonoma), nine podiums, 12 top-fives and 14 top-10 finishes…won the pole position at the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500…recorded second-place finishes at St. Petersburg, Watkins Glen and California…led 375 laps over the course of the 17-race season…won the Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil… won the Capacete de Ouro (Golden Helmet) Award presented by Racing Magazine in Brazil
  • 2006: Fourth season with Andretti Green Racing…finished sixth in the 2006 IZOD IndyCar Series championship, scoring 384 points…scored one win (Milwaukee), three podium finishes, seven top-five showings and nine top-10 finishes
  • 2007: Fifth season with Andretti Green Racing…finished third in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship with 576 points…won series high five races (Motegi, Milwaukee, Michigan, Kentucky, Belle Isle) including three of the last five races…scored seven podiums,12 top-five showings and 13 top-10 showings…won poles at Kansas and Kentucky…repeated victory at Milwaukee and led laps in 12 of the 17 races…drove in three American Le Mans Series events including a win in the LMP2 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring, his first ALMS start…started in the first two rows at 14 of the 17 IZOD IndyCar Series races…led 83 of 166 laps of the 2007 Indianapolis 500 and finished 12th…finished sixth at Suzuka in his first career Formula Nippon start…won the Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil… won the Capacete de Ouro (Golden Helmet) Award presented by Racing Magazine in Brazil;
  • 2008: Sixth season with Andretti Green Racing…finished third in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship with 513 points…scored one win (Richmond), seven podiums, 11 top-five and 15 top-10 showings…won the pole at St. Petersburg…led a race-high 166 laps, after starting on the pole at Richmond…led 29 laps at Indianapolis to become first driver to lead laps in his first seven starts at Indy…led a total of 415 laps, the third-highest total of any driver…tied for the most top-10 finishes of the season with 15…started two races for AGR’s ALMS entry, including a LMP2 class victory at Laguna Seca…won the Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2009: Seventh season with Andretti Green Racing…finished sixth in IZOD IndyCar Series standings with 386 points…scored three podiums, five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, with a best of third three times
  • 2010: Eighth season with Andretti Green Racing…finished sixth in IZOD IndyCar Series standings with 453 points…scored one win, three podiums, seven top-five showings and 13 top-10 finishes…front-row start at St. Petersburg was first since winning pole at Richmond in 2008…completed 2,413 of 2,414 laps
  • 2011: Kanaan joined KV Racing Technology – Lotus…finished fifth in IZOD IndyCar Series standings with 367 points…scored three podiums (season high second at Iowa, thirds at St. Petersburg and Baltimore), seven top-five showings and nine top-10 finishes…Won pole at Las Vegas (15th of his career and 11th in IndyCar)…drew pole for Texas No. 2…finished in the top-six in championship every year he has run full IndyCar season (nine years)…established series record for most consecutive starts at 148…established KVRT record for highest season ending finish.
  • 2012: Kanaan remained with KV Racing Technology and finished ninth in IZOD IndyCar Series standings with 351 points…scored three podiums (season-high second at Iowa, thirds at Indy and Milwaukee), five top-five showings and eight top-10 finishes…finished a team high third in the Indy 500…finished in the top-nine in championship every year he has run full IndyCar season – 10 years; holds IndyCar Series record for most consecutive starts at 162
  • 2013: Champion: Indianapolis 500. Won the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 for KV Racing Technology…Broke the all-time IndyCar record for consecutive starts at 212
  • 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.
  • 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…Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Overall Winner
  • 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)…His 3,996 laps led are 10th on all-time Indy car list.
  • 2017: Finished 10th in the Verizon IndyCar Series for Chip Ganassi Racing…Finished second at Texas and collected three top-five finishes…Led two races for a total of 55 laps…Extended consecutive Indy car race start streak to 282 (streak began at CART Portland race in 2001)…He has led 4,051 laps. Joined AJ Foyt Racing as driver of the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet for the 2018 season.

2 days ago

Tony Kanaan

🇺🇸 I’m pounding the Indianapolis Colts #anvil this Sunday at the #Colts vs Cowboys game! How cool is that?! #GoColts
🇧🇷 O Indianapolis Colts me chamou pra ser o convidado de honra esse domingo no jogo contra o Cowboys!
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🇺🇸 I’m pounding the Indianapolis Colts #anvil this Sunday at the #Colts vs Cowboys game! How cool is that?! #GoColts
🇧🇷 O Indianapolis Colts me chamou pra ser o convidado de honra esse domingo no jogo contra o Cowboys!

 

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I’ll be there! Let’s grab a beer, I’d love to share one with my favorite driver and a fellow IRONMAN!!

It looks like Indy has become your second home. Go Colts!

Real football

Parabéns Tony Kanaan a se lerá o próximo ano na indy

Fantastic. I'm sure you will do a great job. I will be there so let me jnow if you want some help.

My favorite driver bringing some power to the Colts !!

See you there, however I'm guessing your seats will be better than ours :D

Awesome can’t wait

Está e fez e faz por merecer

Very cool!

That’s cool TK!

Hoosier Go

Awesome!

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3 days ago

Tony Kanaan

🇺🇸 Thanks Bill Estes Chevrolet for delivering my Team Chevy 2019 Suburban RST, now I’m ready to haul the whole family in style. I guess the 420hp engine will do it for the offseason 😜!
Looking into buying a car in the #Indianapolis area? Hit up @zakestes and he’ll get you a good deal! #estesearnsit
🇧🇷 A temporada de Indy ainda vai demorar uns meses pra começar, mas a Chevy já mandou a nova Suburban RST pra eu dar uma banda. Fraquinha, tem só 420cv 😜
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🇺🇸 Thanks Bill Estes Chevrolet for delivering my Team Chevy 2019 Suburban RST, now I’m ready to haul the whole family in style. I guess the 420hp engine will do it for the offseason 😜!
Looking into buying a car in the #Indianapolis area? Hit up @zakestes and he’ll get you a good deal! #estesearnsit
🇧🇷 A temporada de Indy ainda vai demorar uns meses pra começar, mas a Chevy já mandou a nova Suburban RST pra eu dar uma banda. Fraquinha, tem só 420cv 😜

 

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Tony, did your salesman ride the clutch too hard?

Thought TK ran over his foot!!!

Nossa Tony kanaãn. Como você ê nanico! Kkkk

Nice ride TK!

What a beautiful beast! I Just talked to you briefly on Tuesday while u were sitting at the gate in the Charlotte airport waiting to board our flight to Indy. Good to see you and appreciated your kindness when we talked.

How does she ride?! I’ve been looking forward the the RST.

😁 Thank you.

Awesome! Who will get the first ticket with the 420hp? 👍🏎🏁

Show. Aproveita a família junto de vc.

Tony, mete o pé!!

LT powah

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