On and off the track, the only thing that matters is what you deliver. To win in Indy, it takes focus, drive, and resolve. Bryant dealers bring the same tenacity to their work every day as the drivers behind your home comfort. We’ve been a part of this race for over 60 years and are proud to be supporting Indianapolis 500® Champion Tony Kanaan as he takes aim at another trip to Victory Lane.
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 14th year, 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.
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.
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