Like his countryman Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan’s only been able to score one top-five finish in six open-wheel racing starts in his home country of Brazil.
Kanaan never qualified outside the top nine in three starts on the Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway oval in Rio during the CART days. But he only finished once, with fifth place in 1999 his best result in a McDonald’s-sponsored entry for Gerry Forsythe and Steve Horne. He qualified third in his rookie season of 1998.
On the Sao Paulo Sambadromo street circuit, Kanaan’s had less favorable results. Sixth on the grid became 10th, his best result, in 2010 with Andretti Autosport. The last two years with KV Racing Technology, Kanaan was involved in a crash with Castroneves in 2011 and finished 13th this year.
No matter where Kanaan starts, he’s exciting to watch as IndyCar’s most prolific passer. But a better starting position will aid his home race on this occasion in the No. 11 KVRT-SH entry.