Tony Kanaan wins the 2013 running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26, 2013. From USA Today, the caution finally flew at the right time at the Indianapolis 500 for Tony Kanaan, who won the Greatest Spectacle in Racing by taking the lead from Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart with three laps to go. A caution flag flew for a crash involving Dario Franchitti seconds later, freezing the field and putting Kanaan in the winner’s circle for the 97th running of the 500-mile race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Kanaan also finished one of the most grueling endurance races in under 13 hours in 2012. Kanaan finished in 12:52:40 and 1,486th overall in the 2012 Ironman World Championship. The Ironman triathlon includes a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike ride through hot ancient lava fields and a 26.2-mile marathon. Kanaan joined more than 1,850 triathletes in Saturday’s race as a celebrity entrant. A total of 1,918 triathletes started the race, including 50 professional men and 30 professional women. Kanaan had never run a marathon distance before the Ironman triathlon.
Kanaan took up the individual triathlon disciplines in steps. The Brazilian started racing go-karts when he was eight and began swimming not long after that. He started running when he was 14 and added biking when he was 18. Then, about 10 years ago, a friend suggested that as long as he was doing all three disciplines, Kanaan should give a triathlon a whirl. Kanaan did and was hooked. That it helped with his driving was a plus. “My focus, my stamina, it helps a ton,” he said. “The way I’ve been active for so many years, I would never be right if I stopped. My body hurts more when I don’t work out than when I do.”
If you would like to be notified when Ryan publishes an article, click “subscribe”.
You can also find him at his BLOG, on twitter at @Trijayhawkryan , on FACEBOOK, at www.Man-Versus-Triathlon.com or www.SetThePaceMedia.com for triathlon coaching and consulting.
- Endurance Sports Examiner
- Kansas City Endurance Sports Examiner
- Kansas City German Shepherd Examiner
- Kansas Jayhawk Basketball Examiner
- General Pets Examiner
- Fitness and Exercise Examiner
- Outdoor Rec and Adventure Examiner
- Recreational Sports Examiner