Antoine Rizkallah Kanaan Filho, more commonly known as Tony Kanaan, is one of the IndyCar Series grid’s longest serving and most successful drivers.
Following his Indy Lights title in 1997, the Brazilian moved to the Champ Car World Series with Mo Nunn Racing and immediately impressed en route to ninth in his debut campaign. Four more seasons in the category would follow, but it wasn’t until Kanaan’s IndyCar switch in 2003 that he began making good on his early promise. Fourth in his debut season was a good start, before capturing the title 12 months later with Andretti Green Racing. He’s remained a regular front-runner ever since.
Kanaan has always gone well at the showpiece Indianapolis 500 - indeed, he remains the only driver to lead his first seven races there - but he had to wait until 2013, having dealt with several near-misses, before finally tasting the Brickyard’s famous milk.
But it’s not only in single-seaters that Kanaan excels. In 2014 he won the prestigious Daytona 24 Hours at the wheel of a Daytona prototype, and he continues to claim victories in his native 500 Milhas de Granja Viana kart race.
Miami was Kanaan’s first visit to Race Of Champions since his debut in 2004 when he and Felipe Massa took Brazil to the ROC Nations Cup semi-finals.