Lauren Bohlander is a TV host, TV personality, actress and sports reporter. She is best known for being the co-host of the popular reality TV series “Garage Squad”, and also known for marrying the famous Brazilian racing driver Tony Kanaan.
Early life, family, education
Lauren Bohlander was born on 11 January 1982, in Lincoln, Nebraska USA; her nationality is American and her ethnicity is white. Details disclosing her family and her background are not available to the public, thus her descent is unknown. What is known is that she grew up in Cambridge City, Indiana USA, where she matriculated from Lincoln High School in 2000. During her high school days she played basketball and volleyball, being part of the school’s team The Golden Eagles.
Bohlander then enrolled into DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and Sciences in 2004. She continued to play volleyball at the university, and also worked on the campus television station called D3TV.
Bohlander’s involvement in television continued after university as well. Although there are no details disclosed in the media about her early career, she worked for a variety of networks, collecting a lengthy work history in television across various capacities.
She covered stories for reputable names in sports TV such as FOX Sports Florida, Pacers Sports & Entertainment and NBC sports, to name a few. She also worked for other production companies including Lingner Group, IMS and Piranha Productions. During 2008-2009, she was the host of the NCAA Women’s and Men’s College Basketball for the Big Ten Network, and hosted AMA Superbikes and Indiana Racers. Bohlander’s host work enabled her to become a member of the Verizon IndyCar Series community, making a name for herself in the racing world. In the period from 2010 to 2013, she hosted the Indianapolis 500, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, and Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report.
Bohlander’s career in hosting sports series and events has brough her significant experience and knowledge in sports, and made her a well-known name in the TV industry.
In 2014, Bohlander became the co-host of the reality TV series “Garage Squad” airing on the Velocity network. She joined the show in its first season, being one of its first co-hosts alongside National Hot Rod Association world champion driver Bruno Massel. The car-oriented series filmed in the Chicago area, depicts the story of the cast, highly trained car experts and mechanics, responding to various submissions for needed assistance with car troubles.
The cars involved are mostly those found sitting unfinished in driveways and home garages, due to their owners lacking the necessary time, money or simple know-how to return them to former glory, being forced to put their projects on hold. The series selects people who need their help, the crew takes over the car owner’s garage, bringing expertise, parts and tools, having one goal – to work round the clock to transform the car into anything their owner’s request. After working on the cars together with its owners, the crew turns them into ultimate dream cars, and returns them completed to their owners. The show has aired for six seasons so far, and gained huge popularity, collecting numerous fans around the world.
Bohlander appeared in nine episodes in the show’s first season, before being replaced by Heather Storm in season two. The critically acclaimed and fan-favorite series allowed her to become involved in an interesting car-makeover adventure. “Getting to combine my own love of cars with the opportunity to help others turn their dream car projects into a reality is so fulfilling”, Bohlander said for motorsport.com in 2014. It also enabled her to increase her recognition as a host in a significant way.
Speaking further about her involvement in the entertainment industry, Bohlander has also pursued a career in acting.
In addition to appearing in a variety of TV series and commercials, she has also had some film roles, appearing as a host in “St. Vincent’s Hospital”, “Exploring Nature Plumbing” and “Freedom in America”, and as a female lead in “BMW/Ipod” and “Project Lead”, among other films.
Personal life, husband Tony Kanaan
Besides her popularity gained with the “Garage Squad” show, Bohlander is also known through her marriage to Tony Kanaan, the Brazilian race car driver. The two apparently fell in love in 2011, and dated for around two years before marrying on 8 March 2013, in Miami, Florida.
The ceremony itself became much talked about, as it took place at the height of the Harlem Shake’s popularity. After exchanging vows, the couple made a Harlem Shake video showing that they pulled it off successfully, and shared it on social media. The video became an instant hit, further boosting their popularity. Bohlander and Kanaan now have three kids together – first son Deco was born in 2015, second named Max in 2017, and their daughter Nina in 2018. Kanaan also has a son from his previous marriage to Daniele Muniz Loiola.
Who is Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan was born as Antoine Rizkallah Kanaan Filho on 31 December 1974, in Salvador, Brazil. His father, who got him into racing, was a factory owner, but who died from cancer when Kanaan was a teenager.
His interest in racing was developed as his father was a racing enthusiast, with whom the boy started watching races on television in early childhood. According to Kanaan, shortly before his father died, he asked the boy to take care of the family, and to keep racing. Not only did Tony keep the promise given to his father, but he eventually achieved enormous success in racing. Following his dream to pursue a racing career led Kanaan to move to Italy, where he began working in a race shop. He started racing in 1994, winning the Italian Formula Alfa-Boxer Championship the same year. Two years later he moved to US, and won the Indy Lights Series Championship in 1997. The next year he advanced to the CART Champ Car Series, and won his first race in 1999.
?? De P20 pra P3 ???. Muito feliz com o pódio hoje em Gateway. A estratégia e os pitstops funcionaram perfeitamente! pic.twitter.com/G3oMGpEaud
— Tony Kanaan (@TonyKanaan) August 25, 2019
The year 2004 saw him becoming the Indy Car Series champion, and the first driver to compete every lap in an Indie Car Series season. The highlight of Kanaan’s racing career came in 2013, when he won the 97th Indianapolis 500, which increased his star status. Another great success came in 2014, when he became the 2014 Rolex 24 (Daytona) overall winner.
Bohlander is a brown-eyed brunette, 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall, with a body weight of around 112lbs (51kgs), and vital statistics of 32-24-33
Bohlander has established a net worth of over $1 million as of late 2019, mostly from her television involvement as a host and actress.