Kanaan slowly winds down Indycar career

Tony Kanaan will slowly be winding down his NTT IndyCar Series career.

The 45-year-old Brazilian will only be doing the five oval races on the 2020 schedule, while letting another driver do the twelve remaining races in the #14 A. J. Foyt Enterprises car.

Kanaan is the driver with the most consecutive starts in the Champ Car/Indycar, doing 317 weekends in a row. He has raced every single race since Portland 2001. That chain comes to an end now, with him not entering a race until the Indianapolis 500 race in May 2020.

His Champ Car and Indycar stats are quite impressive. He has won 17 races, 15 Pole Positions, 78 podium positions, and a total of 377 race starts. He raced in Champ Car from 1998 until 2001, before switching to Indycar from 2002 onwards.

Tony Kanaan
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He biggest achievement was winning the Championship in 2004, and his perhaps even bigger win – the 2013 Indy 500.

Not only did he race single-seaters, but also competed in sportscars. He has had 6 starts at the Daytona 24 Hours so far, including one win and a further podium position. He has raced in the American Le Mans Series, when Andretti Green Racing competed in both Indycar and ALMS. He won two races in five starts. On top of that, he has had two starts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Today’s announcement says that he is open to further Indianapolis 500 starts, but no further full or partial Indycar seasons.

The A. J. Foyt Enterprises team is expected to announce the driver(s) doing the twelve remaining races very shortly.

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