In the world of North American open wheel racing, Canadians have excelled over the past two decades with an Indianapolis 500 win, a pair of series championships, 50 race wins and 146 podium finishes.
These outstanding results came from six drivers — Paul Tracy, the late Greg Moore, Jacques Villeneuve, James Hinchcliffe, Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani.
But who was the best of them all?
I put that question to another Indy 500 winner, Tony Kanaan, who has raced against all six in his 17 years in IndyCar racing.
Without hesitation he said it was Moore, whose own career was tragically cut short in a crash at California Speedway in 1999.
“To me I would pick Greg for sure,” Kanaan said in an interview from his Miami home on Tuesday. “They are all such great racers, and I only raced Jacques one time at Indy, but if I had to choose one it would be Greg, he was such a natural talent.