His name is actually Antoine Rizkallah, but everyone just calls him Tony.
And today he made his 350th start in IndyCar over the last 20 years.
There isn’t an IndyCar fan who doesn’t acknowledge how infectious Tony Kanaan’s laugh can be.
Kanaan has raced close to anything with wheels, but in the IndyCar series he holds multiple records, including consecutive starts: of his 290 of the 350 he’s made were in a row. Kanaan has also led a record number of Indianapolis 500s at 14 races.
Making it to 350 starts put Kanaan 3rd in IndyCar starts overall, with 77 podium finishes throughout those races. He was running at the finish in almost 80 per cent of the races he started, across the seven different teams he’s raced with.
For the 2018 season, Kanaan joined the A.J. Foyt team and is the oldest driver in the field at 43 years old. His Brazilian teammate Matheus Leist is just 19.
Even after a disappointing Indianapolis 500, Kanaan was positive about being on Foyt’s team.
“We have a great thing going. This team is very promising,” Kanaan has said. “We’re a little team, but we’re having a lot of fun.”
The team has struggled this season, but they seem determined to improve and race up front.
“I’m talking about through all the struggles we’ve been having, it’s making us as people a lot tighter,” said Kanaan. “Everybody is going to want to come drive for A.J. (Foyt) eventually not just because of the results, but because of the people that we have.”
Even at 43, Kanaan does triathlons in his spare time and competed on American Ninja Warrior in 2016. He finished in the 14th position and makes his 351st start in Sunday’s second Detroit GP.