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 will be 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. Now reunited, the pair will be looking to go one better 13 years on…
2013 Indy 500 winner
2004 IndyCar Series champion
2014 Daytona 24 Hours winner
1998 CART Series Rookie of the Year
1997 Indy Lights Series champion
1994 Formula Europa Boxer champion
2004 First driver to compete every lap of an IndyCar Series season
16x IndyCar Series race victories
1x CART Series race victory
Years contested: 2004, 2017 (2)
2004: ROC Nations Cup semi-finalist for Brazil with Felipe Massa