TONY  KANAAN

 CHEVROLET

Birthdate:            December 31, 1974

Hometown:         Salvador, Brazil

Residence:          Indianapolis, Indiana

Wife:                     Lauren

Children:              Leonardo, Deco, Max, Nina

Hobbies:              Triathlon, cycling, running, karting

Website:               www.tonykanaan.com/br

Twitter:                @TonyKanaan

Instagram:           @tkanaan

Facebook:             facebook.com/tonykanaan

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TK through the lens...

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS


1994: Formula Alfa Boxer Champion (Italy)

1997: Indy Lights Champion (USA)

1998: Finished ninth as rookie in IndyCar Series; won the Jim Trueman CART “Rookie of the Year” Award; won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo, Brazil

1999: Won his first career IndyCar race at Michigan Int’l Speedway and first career pole at Long Beach driving for Forsythe Racing

2000: Won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo

2001: Won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo

2002: Won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo

2004: IndyCar Series Champion driving for Andretti Autosport (2003-2010); completed every lap (3,305) of every race during season; awarded the Jerry Titus Memorial Trophy as the AARWBA Driver of the Year; member of the 2004 AARWBA All-American Team; won the Capacete de Ouro (Golden Helmet) Award presented by Racing Magazine (Brazil); Awarded the Casci di Oro (Golden Helmet) Award by Italy’s Autosprint; won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo

2005: Finished second in the IndyCar Series championship; won Pole for 89th Running of the Indianapolis 500; won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo; won the Capacete de Ouro (Golden Helmet) Award presented by Racing Magazine (Brazil)

2007: Finished third in the IndyCar Series championship; captured an IndyCar Series-high five wins in one season; in first career ALMS start teamed with Bryan Herta and Dario Franchitti to win the LMP2 class of the 12 Hours of Sebring; won the Capacete de Ouro (Golden Helmet) Award presented by Racing Magazine (Brazil); won Granja Viana 500 kart race in São Paulo

2008: Finished third in the IndyCar Series championship

2011: Finished fifth in the IndyCar Series championship (has finished in the top-six in championship every year he has run the full IndyCar season – nine consecutive years)

2013: Indianapolis 500 Champion driving for KV Racing Technology

2015: 2015 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona overall winner

2018: Holds IndyCar Series all-time record for most consecutive starts at 300 (after Sonoma); has 360 total IndyCar starts

17 Career IndyCar Victories (through 2018 including 2013 Indy 500)
15 Career IndyCar Poles (through 2018 including 2005 Indy 500)




UP CLOSE & PERSONAL


Personal Car: Chevy Tahoe

Favorite Hobby: Cycling/Triathlon

Favorite Music: Brazilian Country Music

Heroes: Ayrton Senna & Alex Zanardi

Favorite vacation spot: Anywhere with my family

Favorite color: White

Favorite food: Rice and beans

Favorite drink: Water

Favorite dessert: Ice cream

Favorite movie: Argo

Favorite actor/actress: Jennifer Aniston

Favorite sport (other than racing) to watch on TV: Basketball

Favorite Race Tracks (& why): Indy. Pretty obvious

Favorite restaurant (& where): Fogo de Chão, Indy

Favorite holiday: Christmas

Favorite season: Summer

Your answering machine message: “Sorry I cannot answer the phone right now, if this is an emergency, hang up and call 911.”

Oldest thing in your refrigerator: I clean it out regularly.

Pets (ages & names too please): Turbo, age 4 and Fedo, age 11. West Highland White Terriers

Something you do before every race: Rest

Most interesting fact about your career: My dad passed when I was 13. He asked me not to give up on racing and I kept the promise.

Something most people don't know about you: I was a rollerblade instructor as a teenager.

Quality you value most in others: Honesty

Your first job: I worked at the Go-kart factory during the week in order to have equipment to race on the weekends.

What you'd be if you weren't a race driver: SWAT Agent/ FBI

How you got started in racing: When I was 8 my dad gave me a Go-kart.

How you relax at the race track: I sleep in my motorhome.

How you spend your spare time: With my wife and kids

Greatest Fear: To lose my health or family

Secret Wish: That’s a secret

Awards: Sexiest Man Alive 2024

Most proud accomplishment: My family

Best advice your mother ever gave you: Listen to your dad

Greatest influence on/in your life: My wife, Lauren

What you like most about yourself: My determination

Most thrilling experience in a race car: Winning the 2013 Indy 500

Most thrilling experience outside of a racecar: Racing the Ironman Kona 2011

Toughest part of your job: Being away from my family too much

Your highest goal in racing: Repeat win the Indy 500

What would a successful life look like to you? Having a happy, healthy family





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