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Tony Kanaan

Brazilian native Tony Kanaan amassed an impressive career in open-wheel racing. With 389 career starts, Kanaan had 15 poles and 17 race wins. In addition, he had 79 Top-3 finishes and 134 Top-5 finishes during his career.

In 2004, driving for Andretti Green Racing, Kanaan impressively completed all 3,305 possible laps, becoming the first IndyCar driver in modern history to complete every lap of every race in a season. This led Kanaan to secure the 2004 season championship.

Kanaan’s success in the series was known and respected. However, the Indianapolis 500 was a race that had eluded him until 2013. Driving for KV Racing Technology, Kanaan qualified in 12th place. He moved through the field and battled for the lead. On lap 197, Kanaan passed Hunter-Reay for the lead on a restart. The race finished under caution, but Kanaan won at an average speed of 187.433 miles per hour, breaking the record set by Arie Luyendyk in the 1990 race.

Kanaan, a perennial fan favorite, won the series’ Most Popular Driver award in 2013. He can often be found greeting and thanking fans at races and is known for being a leader and mentor in the paddock. Outside of racing, he is a dedicated family man and philanthropist serving on the boards of various organizations.