In his 12th try, Tony Kanaan finally wins Indianapolis 500

Nine years after his 2nd-place finish in 2004
May 27, 2013


After a string of bad luck that saw him finish no higher than second place in 11 previous tries in the Indianapolis 500, Tony Kanaan of the Chevrolet-powered KV Racing Technology team was finally given a milk bath for winning the IndyCar Series\' flagship race--one of the so-called Triple Crown of motorsports, the other two being the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

With 13 laps left in the race, Graham Rahal of the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda team crashed out, bringing the race under a yellow flag with Andretti Autosport-Chevrolet\'s Ryan Hunter-Reay in the lead. But at the restart, Kanaan quickly overtook Hunter-Reay to gain the lead. And just as Kanaan led at the first turn with only three laps to go, three-time champion Dario Franchitti also crashed out in his Honda-powered Chip Ganassi Racing car. With the yellow flag in place until the 200th and final lap, Kanaan was finally able to secure his first Indianapolis 500 victory.

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\"That last lap was the longest of my life,\" Kanaan reportedly said after the race. \"I am speechless. I made it, and now I get to put my ugly face on that trophy. We were known for not winning (the race), and now we are known for winning. Everything was so smooth. But out of the 11 times I have been here, it was exactly the same, so when it was six laps to go and it went yellow, I said, \'This might be the day. Today might be the day\'.\"

The race also set two new records in Indianapolis 500\'s history: an astonishing 68 lead changes among 14 drivers.

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