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Antoine Rizkallah Kanaan Filho, commonly known as Tony Kanaan (born December 31, 1974) is a Brazilian race car driver. Kanaan has won the 2013 Indianapolis 500 and the 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. That season Kanaan completed 3,305 laps, making him the first IndyCar Series driver to complete every possible lap in a season. He also led 889 laps in 13 separate races to establish an IndyCar Series record. Kanaan is also the only driver to lead the Indianapolis 500 in each of his first 7 starts, and won his first race on his 12th attempt. This ties Kanaan with Sam Hanks for the most attempts to win their first Indianapolis 500. Kanaan has a total of 15 Verizon IndyCar Series race victories. Kanaan also has 1 victory in the Champ Car World Series with his win at the U.S. 500 at Michigan International Speedway. Kanaan has also competed in both the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Kanaan is friends with former IndyCar Series driver Dario Franchitti and previously with Dan Wheldon, who was killed while competing in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while Kanaan was leading the race. On the Borg-Warner Trophy (the trophy that features the likeness of each Indianapolis 500 winner) the three friends appear on consecutive order as follows: 2010 (Franchitti), 2011 (Wheldon), 2012 (Franchitti) and 2013 (Kanaan). After Franchitti suffered career-ending injuries in a crash with Takuma Sato at the 2013 Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Race #2 at Reliant Park Kanaan took over Franchitti's #10 Target Dallara DW12-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V6 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing starting in the 2014 season after being originally contracted to drive the #8 NTT Data/TNT Energy Drink Dallara DW12-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V6 for NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing.
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