Tony Kanaan


Tony Kanaan


Biography


2013 Indianapolis 500 Winner, 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and 17-time race winner Tony Kanaan joined Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) for his first season with the team in 2014 in the No. 10 Chevrolet alongside three-time Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon.

In 2014, Kanaan got his first win with CGRT at the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana and earned six podium finishes throughout the season.  After the switch to Chevrolet engines in the 2014 season, Kanaan finished seventh in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship. 

2015 will mark Kanaan’s 18th Indy car racing season.  He is the all-time Indy car leader in consecutive starts with 233 consecutive starts dating back to the Portland race in 2001.  Kanaan has 118 top-five finishes, tying him for ninth on the all-time list with Rick Mears and Helio Castroneves.  In 2004, he became the first driver to complete every possible lap in a season in route to winning the championship. Kanaan added his first-ever Rolex 24 At Daytona win in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship to his career resume in 2015 alongside Scott Dixon, Kyle Larson, and Jamie McMurray.

The Brazilian has 294 Indy car starts, producing 17 wins, 15 poles, 118 top-five and 186 top-10 finishes (1998-Present).


The Partnership


About Tony Kanaan


Team: NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing
Birthday: December 31, 1974
Birthplace: Salvador, Brazil
Residence: Miami, Florida
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 147 lbs.
Primary Sponsor: NTT DATA
Car: No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet
Crew Chief: Kevin O'Donnell
Website: www.tonykanaan.com

Career Highlights


2015 Won first Rolex 24 At Daytona

2014 Finished seventh in the IndyCar Series Driver Championship with one win

2013 Indianapolis 500 winner

2011 Finished 5th in the IndyCar Series Driver Championship with one pole

2010 Finished 6th in the IndyCar Series Driver Championship with one win

2009 Finished 6th in the IndyCar Series Driver Championship with five top-five and 10 top-ten finishes

2008 Finished 3rd in the IndyCar Series Driver Championship with one win and two poles 

2007 12 Hours of Sebring LMP2 Class Winner 

2006 Finished sixth in the IndyCar Series driver championship standings with one win and seven top-five finsihes 

2005 IndyCar Series Driver Championship Runnerup with two wins and qualifying for the pole position at the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500

2004 IndyCar Series Driver Champion with three wins and one pole 

2003 Finished 4th in the IndyCar Series driver championship standings, claiming his first IZOD IndyCar Series victory (Phoenix) and won three poles

2002 Finished 12th in the CART Series driver championship standings with two poles. He also made his first IndyCar Series start at the Indianapolis 500 where he qualified 5th, finished 28th, and led 23 laps 

2001 Finished 9th in the CART Series driver championship standings with one pole and 11 top-ten finishes

2000 Finished 19th in the CART Series driver championship standings earning six top-ten finishes 

1999 Finished 11th in the CART Series driver championship standings earning his first career victory (Michigan Speedway) and first career pole (Long Beach)

1998 Finished 9th in the CART Series driver championship standings in his rookie season and captured the Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year award