Tony Kaanta - CREW CHIEFTony's responsibilities in the race shop include overseeing the entire preparation of the race car to include assembly, body fabrication, and final set-up. At the track, Tony focuses on chassis adjustments to accommodate changing track conditions. When he's not racing, Tony is an independent contractor working at Mars Race Cars.
Rick KrumrieRick has been with Kaanta Racing since the beginning...1979. In those early years, Rick was the sole builder of every engine John raced. Rick focuses his attention to the engine on and off the track. Rick is the service manager at Rick's Auto Care Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Doug VanZeeDoug is from Corsica, SD and travels many miles each season to visit the Kaanta Racing team. When Doug makes an appearance he is always working on the car in some way. Doug surprises us with his spontaneous appearances each year and gives us hope that there may be an extra crew guy at the next event. Doug is an owner-operator of C & D Trucking.
Dean JohnsonDean Johnson grew up in Stanley, WI and after high school obtained a degree in auto repair; thereafter working as an automotive technician for 41 years. He had a huge passion for snowmobiling (only on Ski-doos!) and stock car racing. Dean came to Kaanta Racing in the early 90’s and was a loyal pit crewman to the end. He came to the shop every week to work on the race car and often traveled with the Team. He was as reliable as they come, always doing his job without hesitation. We never heard Dean say an unkind word to, or about, anyone and was well respected by our competitors. We lost Dean in the fall of 2020 due to complications with Covid-19. He will be missed but not forgotten. (1954-2020).