Veteran NTT IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan has announced that the 2020 season will be his last in the sport.
The 2004 series champion and the 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner said:
I look back at all these years racing in INDYCAR and the first thing that comes to my mind is how fortunate I’ve been to be in the top level of the sport for this long. I walked into this sport as a 23-year-old with lots of hopes and dreams and I can say, without a doubt, that I accomplished everything I wanted. “I’m 45 now; I have fans, wins, podiums, records, a championship and an Indy 500. I feel and know I can still do this for a long time, but like everything else in life there is also a cycle in racing. For a long time, I’ve been asked when I would retire, and my answer was always the same: The day I wake up in the morning and feel like I can’t do this anymore, that’s when I’m going to retire.
The Brazilian who is entering his 23rd season in the NTT IndyCar Series has amassed 17 wins, 15 positions and his 2013 Indy 500 will drive the oval races starting with the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in the No.14 Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing.
Kanaan will reunite with his former Chip Ganassi Racing team mate Charlie Kimball who was announced as the driver of the No.4 NovoNordisk Chevrolet.
The Brazilian went on to say:
Unfortunately, there are other things one should take into consideration when planning the future, and probably the most important one is what are the options that are available. For 2020, my best option was to race the five ovals of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, the sport that gave me so much and that I will always love. I’m not done with racing, that’s for sure. I decided that this year I would step back a bit and enjoy these five races, have time for my family (wife Lauren, sons Leonardo, Max and Deco, and daughter Nina) and my fans, and also give back to the sponsors that always stood by me.”
Kanaan who has 317 consecutive starts in the series concluded by saying:
For the future, who knows? “I’d love to still be involved with INDYCAR to some degree. I’ve also had offers to race in a number of different series, but that’s not my priority at the moment.”