Verizon IndyCar Series - Tony Kanaan

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Driver Info
Tony Kanaan
All-Time Career Statistics - Verizon IndyCar Series
  • Championship
    1
  • Indy 500 Wins
    1
  • Total Poles
    15
  • Race Wins
    17
10
Biography of Tony Kanaan

When racing great Michael Andretti decided to retire as a driver, he searched for a replacement to anchor his team. Andretti thought Tony Kanaan was the perfect choice. Kanaan didn't let him down, posting a solid season in 2003, with one victory, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in 16 races.

But it was Kanaan's accomplishments in 2004 that were quite spectacular. He became the first driver in major auto racing history to complete every lap of every race for an entire season on his way to winning the Verizon IndyCar Series title.

Kanaan has more than 290 Indy car starts since 1998, and is the active leader in consecutive starts. He won the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2013.

He enjoys competing in triathlons, karting and watersports. He speaks English, Portuguese, Italian and Spanish.
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

First start:
May 26, 2002 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
First victory: March 23, 2003 (Phoenix International Raceway)
First pole:
March 2, 2003 (Homestead-Miami Speedway)

2014
• Finished seventh in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Won season finale at Auto Club Speedway.
• Recorded six podiums and 12 top-10 finishes.
• Led six races for total of 407 laps.

2013
• Finished 11th in IndyCar Series standings for KV Racing Technology-SH Racing.
• Won Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
• Posted six top-five and seven top-10 finishes overall.
• Led six races for 79 laps total.
• Was running at the finish in 14 races.

2012
• Finished ninth in IndyCar Series standings for KV Racing Technology.
• Recorded eight top-10 finishes, with best of second at Milwaukee.

2011
• Finished fifth in IndyCar Series standings for KV Racing Technology.
• Recorded nine top-10 finishes, with a best of second at Iowa. Finished third in debut with team.
• Advanced 18 positions to finish sixth at Barber and equaled the gain with fourth place at Indianapolis.

2010
• Finished sixth in IndyCar Series standings for Andretti Autosport.
• Won at Iowa, advancing 14 positions and leading 62 laps.
• Recorded seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
• Front-row start at St. Petersburg was first since winning pole at Richmond in 2008.
• Started last at Indianapolis, ran as high as second and finished 11th.
• Completed 2,413 of 2,414 laps.

2009

• Finished sixth in IndyCar Series standings for Andretti Green Racing.
• Recorded five top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, with a best of third three times.
• Only driver with top-five finishes in each of first three races.
• Milwaukee was first time in 103 IndyCar Series starts he had back-to-back DNFs.

2008

• Finished third in IndyCar Series standings for Andretti Green Racing.
• Won at Richmond from the pole, and had 11 top-five finishes overall. Closed the season with three consecutive top fives, including podiums at Infineon and Belle Isle.

2007

• Finished third in IndyCar Series standings for Andretti Green Racing with series-best five victories.
• Won at Motegi, Milwaukee, Michigan, Kentucky and Belle Isle.
• Recorded 12 top-five finishes 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 IndyCar Series standings for Andretti Green Racing with two victories.
• Won at The Milwaukee Mile and recorded eight other top-10 finishes.
• Started in the top 10 in 12 of the 14 races.

2005

• Finished second in IndyCar Series standings with two victories (Kansas, Infineon) and 12 other top-10 finishes.
• Started from the pole and finished eighth in the 89th Indianapolis 500.

2004

• Won the IndyCar Series championship for Andretti Green Racing at California Speedway. Raced to a second-place finish after starting 21st. Lost to Adrian Fernandez by 0.0183 of a second.
• Finished eighth in season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway before recording 15 consecutive top-five finishes, including three wins and six second-place finishes.
• Won at Phoenix, leading 191 of 200 laps. Also won at Texas1 and Nashville.
• Earned MBNA Pole Awards at Michigan and Pikes Peak.
• Completed 3,305 laps, the first IndyCar Series driver to complete every possible lap in a season.
• Led 889 laps to establish IndyCar Series record. Led laps in 13 races, including the final 10.

2003

• Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings for Andretti Green Racing in first full IndyCar Series season.
• Scored first career series win at Phoenix.
• Won MBNA Pole Awards at Homestead, Phoenix and Pikes Peak.
• Tied for series lead in top-five (9) and top-10 (12) finishes.
• Led 12 of 16 races, second to series champion Scott Dixon.

2002

• Made IndyCar Series debut at Indianapolis 500, starting fifth and leading 23 laps before an accident on Lap 89 ended his race. Finished 28th.

ROAD TO THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

2002

• Finished 12th in CART standings for Mo Nunn Racing. Best finish was third at Vancouver and Montreal.

2001

• Finished ninth in CART standings for Mo Nunn Racing. Best finish was third at Japan.

2000

• Finished 19th in partial CART season for Mo Nunn Racing. Best finish was eighth at Nazareth, Road America and Australia.
• Missed four events after sustaining a fractured left forearm in qualifying accident in Detroit.

1999

• Competed for Forsythe Racing and finished 11th in CART standings, scoring first win at Michigan.

1998

• Named CART Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year driving for Tasman Motorsports Group. Finished ninth in CART point standings.
• Highest finish was third at Laguna Seca and Houston.

1997

• Won Dayton Indy Lights championship driving for Tasman Motorsports Group.
• Scored two victories and seven top-three finishes.

1996

• Finished second in Indy Lights, scoring 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 the Italian Formula Alfa-Boxer Championship, scoring five wins.

1993

• Drove a limited schedule in Formula Opel Euroseries Championship, finishing 10th in points.

1992

• Finished fifth in the Brazilian Formula Chevrolet Championship.

1991

• Competed in Brazilian Formula Ford Championship, finishing sixth.

Early Career
• Competed in karts, winning the Sao Paulo city Junior Karting Championship three times (1986-88), the Brazilian Junior Karting Championship (1988), the Sao Paulo City B Category Karting Championship (1989) and the Sao Paulo City Graduated A Category Karting Championship (1990).
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
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 294 17 15 118 187 3746 230
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chip Ganassi stormed onto the national racing scene at the 1982 Indianapolis 500, where he became the fastest rookie qualifier and finished 15th. Following a successful career as a driver, highlighted by an eighth-place finish in the 1983 Indianapolis 500, Ganassi set his sights on ownership in 1988.

Ganassi created his own Indy car team in 1990 and established a partnership with Target that endures to this day.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jimmy Vasser captured the CART championship in 1996. Alex Zanardi followed Vasser's lead and earned CART titles in 1997 and 1998. With rookie driver Juan Montoya's championship in 1999, Ganassi became the first owner to earn four consecutive CART championships.

Montoya won the 2000 Indianapolis 500 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, which was making its first appearance at the Brickyard since 1995. In 2002, Bruno Junqueira earned the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 and led 32 laps before engine problems ended his day.

The team joined the IndyCar Series full time in 2002 with driver Jeff Ward. It's gone on to win the series championship in 2003, 2008 and 2013 with Scott Dixon and 2007, 2009 and 2010 with Dario Franchitti. Franchitti (2010, 2012) and Dixon (2008) also have added to the team's Indianapolis 500 victory total.