F1 vet Barrichello joins IndyCar team

SAO PAULO, March 1 (UPI) -- Veteran Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello announced Thursday he will compete this year on the IndyCar circuit.

IndyCar drivers, execs hold safety meeting

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- IndyCar drivers and racing officials met privately on safety issues in Indianapolis Monday, eight days after driver Dan Wheldon died in a pileup during a race.

IndyCar's Wheldon mourned at Fla. funeral

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Hundreds of fans and family members gathered in Florida Saturday for the funeral of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, who was killed this month in a race crash.

Points leaders struggle in Indy qualifying

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Dario Franchitti and Will Power, battling for the IndyCar championship, both suffered disappointing qualifying runs Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Andretti gets first IndyCar win since 2006

Andretti gets first IndyCar win since 2006

NEWTON, Iowa, June 26 (UPI) -- Marco Andretti grabbed the lead with 18 laps remaining Saturday and hung on to claim the Iowa Corn Indy 250 for his first win in nearly in five years.

Sato wins first IndyCar pole

NEWTON, Iowa, June 24 (UPI) -- Takuma Sato claimed the first pole of his IndyCar series career Friday, turning in the fastest two-lap qualifying average for the Iowa Corn Indy 250.

Franchitti dominates IndyCar season opener

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 27 (UPI) -- Dario Franchitti started his defense of his IZOD IndyCar Series championship Sunday with a convincing win in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Kanaan to drive for KVRT-Lotus

Kanaan to drive for KVRT-Lotus

INDIANAPOLIS, March 21 (UPI) -- Tony Kanaan, who was the 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion, will drive for KV Racing Technology-Lotus this season.

Kanaan edges Castroneves for Iowa win

NEWTON, Iowa, June 20 (UPI) -- Tony Kanaan outdueled Helio Castroneves late in the race Sunday to claim the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway.

Briscoe wins pole at Chicagoland Speedway

JOLIET, Ill., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Ryan Briscoe won the pole Friday for Saturday's running of the IndyCar Series Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil 300.

Briscoe edges Carpenter in Meijer 300

SPARTA, Ky., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Ryan Briscoe nipped Ed Carpenter in one of the closest finishes in IndyCar Series history Saturday to win the Meijer Indy 300 at Sparta, Ky.

Franchitti wins Long Beach Grand Prix

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 19 (UPI) -- Dario Franchitti won Sunday's IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, leading 51 of the California auto race's 85 laps.

Rookie Wilson wins Detroit IndyCar race

DETROIT, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Rookie Justin Wilson led the final 15 laps Sunday and won the Detroit Indy Grand Prix by 4.4058 seconds over Helio Castroneves.

Dixon wins rain-shortened Indy race

NASHVILLE, July 12 (UPI) -- Scott Dixon won Saturday's rain-shortened Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway.

Kanaan wins caution-filled Indy Challenge

RICHMOND, Va., June 28 (UPI) -- Tony Kanaan was in control during the last 94 laps Saturday night and came out on top in the SunTrust Indy Challenge at the Richmond International Raceway.
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Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan snoozes during a down moment on May 10, 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kanaan will drive the 7-11 sponsored car for Andretti Green Racing. (UPI Photo/ Doug Kuhn)

Antoine Rizkallah Kanaan Filho, commonly known as Tony Kanaan (born December 31, 1974 in Salvador, Brazil) is a Brazilian race car driver of Lebanese heritage. Kanaan won the 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series championship driving Andretti Green Racing's 7-Eleven sponsored car, winning three times in his Honda-powered Dallara. That season he 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 seven starts, though he has yet to win this flagship event. He has a total of 14 IRL race victories. Kanaan was released from Andretti Autosport in October 2010 after 7-Eleven announced it would not return as his primary sponsor in 2011. After initially signing on with de Ferran Dragon Racing, the team shut down when sponsorship could not be materialized. Kanaan currently drives the 82 for KV Racing Technology - Lotus.

Kanaan started his driving career in Italy and won the 1994 Formula Europa Boxer title for Cram Competition using a Tatuus. After a season in Italian F3 he migrated to the US and was the 1997 Indy Lights champion, driving for Tasman. In 1999 he scored his first major victory in the Champ Car World Series by winning the U.S. 500 at Michigan International Speedway for Forsythe Championship Racing. After the Forsythe team lost their McDonald's sponsorship package, Kanaan moved on to Mo Nunn's start-up team for the next three years before moving on to the IRL.

Following his championship season, in 2005 he placed second in the championship to his teammate Dan Wheldon. That year, he won his first pole position for the Indianapolis 500 to add to his finishes of second, third, fifth and eighth in the event. Winning the Indianapolis 500 remains one of the few holes in his resume. In September 2005 he tested a Formula One car with the BAR-Honda Team at Jerez as a reward for his 2004 IRL championship in a Honda powered car.

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