Tony Kanaan wins Indianapolis 500 on 12th attempt
BY HERB GOULD firstname.lastname@example.org May 26, 2013 3:02PM
Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Updated: May 26, 2013 3:04PM
INDIANAPOLIS — Tony Kanaan, whose Brickyard career had been marked by disappointment, finally broke through on Sunday, when he won the 97th Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan had notched six top 10 finishes in his previous 11 starts, and had led the most laps among active drivers with an Indy 500 win.
Rookie Carlos Munoz was second. Ryan Hunter-Reay finished third.
“This is it, man. I made it,” Kanaan said. “We were known for not winning and now we’re known for winning.”
It was one of the most competitive 500-mile races the Brickyard has seen.
With 50 laps to go, there already had been 13 different leaders—more than a third of the field—and 45 lead changes. Both were Indy 500 records.
Only 16 of the first 195 laps were run under caution in an action-packed see-saw race.