Indy 500 Drivers to Watch

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Tony Kanaan
Text: Bruce Martin, SI.com
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Tony Kanaan

The Brazilian veteran is a 2004 IndyCar Series champion who has the dubious honor of being the best driver in the series who has never won the Indy 500. The driver for KV Racing has 15 career wins (14 in IndyCar) and two podium finishes (third in 2003, second in 2004), four top-five and five top-10 finishes in 10 Indy 500 starts. He put on a thrilling show in 2010 when he started last in the 33-car field but passed seven cars before Turn 2 on the first lap. He raced as high as second place late in that race before having to pit for fuel with just a few laps remaining. He was loudly cheered by the fans after that race for his incredible performance and Kanaan was emotional afterwards calling it one of the greatest races of his career. Kanaan finished fourth last year and is always a threat to be up front in the Indy 500. He starts in the middle of Row 3 after qualifying eighth with a four-lap average of 224.751 mph in a Dallara/Chevrolet.

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