Tony Kanaan: from F1 to T1

 Aug 7, 2010 article & images by Nick Salazar

  • Trek Speed Concept 9.9
  • Dura-Ace SRM crankset
  • Zipp R2C shifters
  • LOOK Keo Blade Pedals
  • Fizik Arione 2 Saddle
IZOD IndyCar superstar Tony Kanaan jokes that his Indy career gets in the way of his triathlon career.

Triathlon brands frequently look outside our industry for inspiration and innovation in creating new products. And the world of Indy car racing world is quite often the source of that inspiration. Do these claims sound familiar? "Our new high modulus carbon comes straight from an F1 cockpit" ... or "we now have a proprietary resin used originally from Indy cars." Well, today's feature is about a rider who doesn't merely claim to have been inspired by the ultra-high-end world of Indy cars; Tony Kanaan is an Indy Car racer. To be clear, he races IZOD IndyCar, which is NOT the same as F1, but we thought the title was catchier as "from F1 to T1". His team, Andretti Autosport, is home to some of the fastest drivers on the planet, Kanaan among them. In 2009, he had three podium finishes in the most expensive, competitive sport in the world.

And Tony loves triathlon. He even jokes that his Indy career is messing up his triathlon career. With so much at stake in IndyCar racing, Tony can't compete in triathlons during the Indy season. But he certainly stays in shape. One quick look at the attached gallery will attest to that fact.

Getting the best:

Tony wanted to upgrade his old bike, and chose the new Trek Speed Concept. To make sure he was properly fit, he flew out from Miami to visit the Retul studio in Boulder. Kanaan stayed for several days, to get some rides in on his new position, and make sure he was perfectly dialed before going back home. Tony's choices are a testament to both the bike he is riding, and the competency of the fitters at Retul. And he's quite serious about his (triathlon) racing: Kanaan is shooting for a 4:45 finish at Clearwater this year.

Tags » retul,  rigs,  speedconcept,  srmpower,  tonykanaan,  trek
  • Tony Kanaan is an Indy car superstar, but has an abiding love for triathlon.
  • Armchair critics beware: Tony is no slouch.  He can ride a bike ...
  • ... and he's got the legs to prove it.
  • Tony is riding a tricked out Trek Speed Concept 9.9.
  • This view just never gets old.
  • And Kanaan is serious about his riding.  He uses a Dura-Ace SRM to track his power output.
  • Brazilian Kanaan flies his flag using the same vcgraphix stickers that many pros use.
  • Tony's original position was high and slack...
  • ...but Retul's Mat Steinmetz got him dialed into a much more aggressive tuck.
  • Steinmetz explains where he plans to take Tony's fit coordinates.
  • Tony shoots the breeze between runs with Retul founder Franko Vatterott.
  • Tony is super friendly.  And he's all smiles ...
  • ... until he gets down to business.

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