INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis 500 fan favorite and 2013 champion Tony Kanaan says the upcoming IndyCar season will be his final one as a primary driver.
Kanaan, 45, is preparing for his 23rd season of open-wheel racing.
Kanaan plans to drive the five oval races of the season, starting with the Indianapolis 500 in May. He said he’s not retiring entirely from racing.
“This sport gave me everything I am,” Kanaan said during a news conference Thursday.
“We decided that this year I’m only going to do five races, we’re going to start here at this place, I’m doing the oval only,” he said. “I live IndyCar, I love IndyCar, I said I want to be involved, I still want to race, I’m still capable.”
“It’s been 23 years that I’ve been doing this, but excited for the future, the unknown, what’s going to happen, opportunities that will come. We’ll see, still have a job to do, still get to race in this place.”
Kanaan says he remains open to racing in the 500 in the years to come. He’ll drive this year for A.J. Foyt Racing.
In addition to the 500, Kanaan will compete at Texas Motor Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Iowa Speedway and Gateway.