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Encyclopedia > Dean Canto
Dean Canto

Dean Canto strikes a pose.
V8 Supercar Record
Nationality Australian
Car # 34
Current team Garry Rogers Motorsport
Series Championships 0
Wins 0
Podium finishes 0
Pole positions 0
2006 Championship position

Dean Canto (born September 24, 1980, in the Sydney) is an Australian V8 Supercar driver. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Garry Rogers Motorsport is a V8 Supercar racing team. ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of over 4,200,000 people, and 151,920 within the city centre. ... V8 Supercars is a touring car racing category. ...

Career Highlights

2006 Won first V8 Supercar race, Round 3, Race 2 Barbagallo Raceway

2006 Contracted by Garry Rogers Motorsport to drive in the V8 Supercar Series

2005 HPDC Championship Series Winner – 1st driver to win development Series twice

2005 Contracted by DJR to race HPDC Championship Series full time and the two Enduros

2004 Contracted as Endurance Driver with Triple Eight Race Engineering

2003 First full season in V8 Supercars – a number of Top 10 finishes

2002 Co-driver with Max Wilson for Betta Electrical

2001 Winner of the Young Guns at Honda IndyCar

2001 5h place at Bathurst and 8th place at Queensland 500 with FTR

2000 Champion of the Konica V8 Lites Series

1999 2nd place in the TOCA Super Tourers Independent's Cup

1998 2nd place in Class B GT Production Championship

1996 NSW State Junior G0-Kart Champion

1996 National Junior Go-Kart Champion

In just four years of top level competitive motor sport racing, Dean Canto has quickly established himself as one of the most promising young drivers on the Australian motor racing scene.

After winning a national and two state titles in go-kart racing, Dean graduated to the GT Production Car Championship and finished the Championship in 2nd place. He then backed up this outstanding performance with another 2nd placing in the Australian Super Touring Championship. A kart racer takes a turn on an indoor track Kart racing (as the word is so spelled by enthusiasts) or karting is a variant of open-wheeler motor sport with simple, small four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. ...

Later that year, Canto made his V8 racing debut in the Shell Championship Series at Oran Park then went on to drive in the Queensland 500 and Bathurst 1000. Oran Park is a suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. ... Hell Corner of the Mount Panorama Circuit The Bathurst 1000 is a 1000-kilometre motor race for touring cars, conducted each October at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. ...

In his first full season of V8 racing in 2000, Canto exploded onto the scene by winning the inaugural Konica V8 Lites Championship - a very impressive result for the 20 year old.

In 2001 Canto drove with Ford Tickford Racing at the Queensland 500 and Bathurst 1000. He achieved a ninth placing in the Queensland 500 and later showed the V8 Supercar community his talent by placing fifth with teammate Jim Richards in the Bathurst 1000. Dean drove for two thirds of the race and was instrumental in the team's success. Hell Corner of the Mount Panorama Circuit The Bathurst 1000 is a 1000-kilometre motor race for touring cars, conducted each October at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. ... V8 Supercars is a touring car racing category. ... Jim Richards may refer to: Jim Richards, Canadian radio broadcaster Jim Richards, Alberta political candidate Jim Richards, race driver This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Hell Corner of the Mount Panorama Circuit The Bathurst 1000 is a 1000-kilometre motor race for touring cars, conducted each October at the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. ...

It was an impressive year - Canto added another title with his victory in the Young Guns at the Honda IndyCar Carnival. The title reinforced that Canto was one of the hottest prospects in V8 Supercar.

In 2002, Canto became co-driver to Max Wilson in the Betta Electrical team and in 2003, achieved a full time drive with BMT. That year his season was disrupted by uncertainty surrounding his health. By mid-year, Canto's results told the story of his loss of confidence. Max Wilson was born on August 22, 1972 in Hamburg, Germany. ...

Later in the season, Dean was diagnosed with a rare disorder known as Alopecia Universalis. The condition causes rapid and dramatic hair loss to the body. Medical advice reassured Canto that the condition would, in no way, affect his overall health. With concerns allayed, Canto then took the time to adjust to the condition, renew his confidence and focus, stronger than ever, on more driving success. Alopecia universalis is a medical disorder in which the afflicted are unable to grow hair on the entire body. ...

The result of the new, more confident, Canto was immediate and stunning. In the later half of the season, he pulled off a number of strong performances and top 10 finishes. The reward was sweet – Canto was awarded the VIP Top Dog.

In 2004, Dean was retained as the Endurance Driver with Triple Eight Race Engineering for the 2004 endurance rounds. Triple Eight Race Engineering is one of the leading motorsport teams competing in the Australian V8 Supercars series. ...

The following year Dick Johnson Racing appointed Dean as pilot of their Gatorz Racing HPDC Series Ford BA Falcon. The season proved a huge success with Canto showcasing his abilities as a serious V8 driver. He won five of the seven rounds, qualified in pole position on six of seven occasions, won 9 of the10 races where he started on the front row of the grid and won 10 races in total. He set new race lap records at Adelaide and Wakefield Park and new qualifying lap records at Adelaide and Willowbank. At the season's conclusion he became the first driver ever to win two Development Series Championships. Dick Johnson Racing (or DJR) is Australias oldest touring car team. ...

He proved once again his worth as an endurance driver teaming up with Glenn Seton in the DJR number 18 Ford BA to finish 9th at Bathurst even with the engine misfiring.

Canto's outstanding performance in 2005 caught the attention of GRM Team Principal – Garry Rogers. He asked Dean to fill the empty seat in his #34 Repco Valvoline Cummins VZ Commodore for two rounds of the V8 Supercar Championship Series. The car finished well and both team and driver realised that a longer term relationship would be beneficial. Subsequently Dean agreed to the terms of a multi year deal with GRM as the team's lead driver for their assault on the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The 2006 series saw Dean achieve his first win in the main category, the 2nd race at Barbagallo Raceway. Barbagallo Raceway is a motorsport circuit located in Wanneroo, approximately 50 kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia. ...

Teams contesting the 2007 V8 Supercar Championship Series
Toll HSV Dealer Team Holden Racing Team Tasman Motorsport Stone Brothers Racing Ford Performance Racing Jack Daniel's Racing
1 Rick Kelly
16 Garth Tander
2 Mark Skaife
22 Todd Kelly
3 Jason Richards
51 Greg Murphy
4 James Courtney
9 Russell Ingall
5 Mark Winterbottom
6 Steven Richards
7 Shane Price
11 Jack Perkins
WPS Racing Team BOC Dick Johnson Racing Supercheap Auto Racing Team Kiwi Racing Britek Motorsport
8 Max Wilson
10 Jason Bargwanna
12 Andrew Jones
14 Simon Wills
17 Steven Johnson
18 Will Davison
20 Paul Dumbrell
50 Cameron McConville
021 Paul Radisich 25 Jason Bright
26 Alan Gurr
Garry Rogers Motorsport Team Sirromet Wines Autobarn Racing TeamVodafone Paul Cruickshank Racing
33 Lee Holdsworth
34 Dean Canto
39 Fabian Coulthard
67 Paul Morris
55 Steve Owen 88 Jamie Whincup
888 Craig Lowndes
111 John Bowe



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