|V8 Supercar Record|
|Current team||Ford Performance Racing|
|2009 Championship position||52nd (152 pts)|
After winning a national and two state titles in go-kart racing, Dean graduated to the Australian GT Production Car Championship and finished the Championship in second place. He then backed up this outstanding performance with another second placing in the Australian Super Touring Championship.
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/Glenn Seton 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 team-mate Jim Richards in the Bathurst 1000. Dean drove for two thirds of the race and was instrumental in the team's success.
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 Briggs Motorsport and in 2003, achieved a full time drive with BM (Briggs Motorsport). There was a concern about his health though. By mid-year, Canto's results told the story of his loss of confidence. He was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis. A very rare medical condition that causes rapid 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.
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. He was awarded the VIP Top Dog award.
In 2004, Dean was retained as the Endurance Driver with Triple Eight Race Engineering for the endurance rounds.
The following year Dick Johnson Racing appointed Dean to drive the Gatorz Racing Development Series Ford 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 the 10 races where he started on the front row of the grid and won 10 races in total. Canto's times were so fast that he could qualify in the top 20 (even though the Development cars had a 100 kg lead weight disadvantage). He set new race lap records at Adelaide and Wakefield Park and new qualifying lap records at The Clipsal 500 and Queensland rounds. At the season's conclusion he became the first driver ever to win two Development Series Championships.
He proved once again his worth as an endurance driver teaming up with Glenn Seton at the endurance rounds. The pair finished 9th at Bathurst even with an engine misfire.
Canto's outstanding performance in 2005 caught the attention of GRM Team Principal – Garry Rogers. He asked Dean to fill the vacated seat of the #34 Valvoline Repco Cummins VZ Commodore for the Indy 300 and Tasmanian 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 for team and driver. Dean signed 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 reverse grid race at Barbagallo Raceway. After a lack lustre 2007 season Canto's GRM contract was cut leaving Canto without a full time drive in 2008.
2008 Signed by Howard Racing to drive in the V8 Supercar Development Series. Also signed by FPR to drive in the 2008 V8 Supercar main series endurance races
2006 Contracted by Garry Rogers Motorsport to drive in the V8 Supercar Series. He controversially won the reverse grid race at round 3 at Barbagallo Raceway
2005 Moved to Dick Johnson Racing and drove the #71 Gatorz HPDC Championship Series Winner – 1st driver to win development Series twice. Drove with Glenn Seton in the endurance rounds. Drove with Garry Rogers Motorsport at the end of the season to replace Andrew Jones as he was fired.
2004 Retained as an endurance driver with Triple Eight Race Engineering
2003 Signed to ten year management deal with John Briggs Motorsport but dropped from team at years end under new ownership of Triple Eight Race Engineering – a number of Top 10 finishes
2002 Co-driver with Max Wilson for Team Betta Electrical
2001 Winner of the Young Guns at Honda IndyCar, 5th 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 Go-Kart Champion, National Junior Go-Kart Champion
|1998||Australian GT Production Car Championship||11th||Subaru Impreza WRX|
|1999||Australian Super Touring Championship||7th||Ford Mondeo||Knight Racing|
|2000||V8 Supercar Development Series||1st||Ford EL Falcon||Dean Canto Racing|
|2001||V8Supercar Championship Series||32nd||Ford AU Falcon||RPM International Racing
Glenn Seton Racing
|2002||V8Supercar Championship Series||44th||Ford AU Falcon||Briggs Motor Sport|
|2003||V8Supercar Championship Series||24th||Ford BA Falcon||Team Betta Electrical|
|2005||V8Supercar Championship Series||35th||Ford BA Falcon
Holden VZ Commodore
Garry Rogers Motorsport
|2005||V8 Supercar Development Series||1st||Ford BA Falcon||Dick Johnson Racing|
|2006||V8Supercar Championship Series||17th||Holden VZ Commodore||Garry Rogers Motorsport|
|2007||V8Supercar Championship Series||16th||Holden VE Commodore||Garry Rogers Motorsport|
|2008||V8 Supercar Development Series||2nd||Ford BA Falcon||Howard Racing|
|2008||V8Supercar Championship Series||38th||Ford BF Falcon||Ford Performance Racing|
|2009||V8Supercar Championship Series||52nd||Ford FG Falcon||Ford Performance Racing|
Winner of the V8Supercar
Winner of the V8Supercar