A RICH TRADITION IN RACING
After 12 years of solid attempts, Tony Kanaan was finally crowned the winner of the 2013 Indianapolis 500. As the crowd stood on their feet with chants of “TK! TK! TK!” Tony roared by and took his traditional victory lap.
And for the seventh year in a row, Tony’s back with Bryant!
In 2004, he was the IZOD IndyCar Series Champion. He finished third during the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series.
Tony still holds the IndyCar Series record for most consecutive starts at 282.
THE HISTORY OF BRYANT® AT THE INDIANAPOLIS 500
When chief mechanic Joe Scopa approached the principals of the Bryant® Heating and Cooling factory seeking sponsorship of a race car, little thought was given to setting an Indy 500 tradition which continues to this day.
The year was 1957 and Joe Scopa was preparing for the 1958 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, America’s premier sporting event. Joe had entered his year-old Frank Kirtis #61 roadster into the annual classic with East coast midget car driver Ed “Dutch” Schafer as its pilot. Sponsors of the time consisted of only one or two major corporations, a few local businesses and many drivers entered their own machines. However, the impact of the Indy 500 was ever increasing in the national market place. It was time for Bryant® Heating and Cooling to enter the world of auto racing.
Listed here are just few highlighted years…