ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Racing icon Tony Kanaan will welcome attendees to the biggest three days in motorsports business as the headline guest at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show’s annual Grand Opening Breakfast on December 7 in Indianapolis.
An annual tradition for thousands of motorsports professionals from all over the world, the breakfast takes place the morning of the first day of the PRI Show and symbolizes the official start of the three-day event.
“It’s always special to welcome an Indy 500 winner to the PRI Show,” said PRI Trade Show Director Karin Davidson. “Not only is Tony a champion on the track, but he’s also a favorite of race fans all over the country, and we’re excited to have him kick off this year’s PRI Show.”
Joined onstage by SPEED SPORT President and Co-founder Ralph Sheheen, the two will engage in a free-flowing, fun-informative conversation that is sure to be filled with stories from Kanaan’s race-winning career.
Kanaan is an open wheel racing icon with a celebrated 25-year career. Since his debut in 1998, a season in which he won CART Rookie of the Year, Kanaan has captured 17 wins, one IndyCar Series championship, 15 poles and 134 top five finishes.
In 23 career starts in the Indianapolis 500, Kanaan has led a total of 367 laps, including laps in his first seven starts. His Indy 500 victory came in 2013, his 12th start at the Brickyard.
Kanaan is IndyCar’s iron man with 389 starts – second only to Mario Andretti – including 318 consecutive starts, a series record. During his 2004 IndyCar Series title winning season, Kanaan became the first IndyCar driver to complete every lap of every race.
He’s won championships in multiple series and events, including Indy NXT, IndyCar, 12 Hours at Sebring (LMP2) and Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
Doors to the Grand Opening Breakfast open at 7 a.m. ET, and the program begins at 7:45 a.m. ET. The breakfast is free to all PRI attendees, but guests are advised to arrive early as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.