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Tony Kanaan, KV Racing Technology - Q&A

He's been a leader of the drivers since he was younger, back in the days of Dario, Greg. Just a lot of camaraderie. He's always out there to help younger drivers coming up with different information. He's just a great leader of the drivers. That's why it's such a popular victory.

It's not just the drivers. I was blown away driving around in the pace car. Virtually everybody was still in the stands chanting, TK.

Were you making love to the bricks or what?

Tony Kanaan:
My wife was kissing the yard more than she was kissing me the entire freaking weekend. We have to see what's up with that (laughter). No, I don't know what I was doing. People ask me if I ever, like, thought how I was going to celebrate. I never wanted to think about it. I just went there and did whatever I wanted to do.

When you finished 11th, was that the first time you knew the fans here at Indy had a lot of love for you or was there an earlier time?

Tony Kanaan:
No, I think it started when I had a crash. I'm not going to recall the year. I had a suspension failure on the back straightaway. I was sitting in third place. I had led a bunch of laps. I ended up hitting the wall in Turn 3.

I got out of the car, the entire place was crazy. I think it was 2008. Ever since then, every year it kept growing and growing. Every year that went by that I didn't win, we kept growing the fan base. More people felt sorry. More people felt that I deserved to win.

I don't know. Got out of control actually. It's awesome. Now people probably aren't going to cheer for me anymore. Whatever, next (laughter).

You were talking about numerology. You're going to be the 100th face etched on the Borg-Warner Trophy. Talk about what it's going to be like. How big of a critic are you going to be?

Tony Kanaan:
He can't make me look as bad as I look already. I'm pretty sure it's going to be fine.

But as far as the honor, the hundredth face.

Tony Kanaan:
Again, it's just a number. Just to have my face there, it's a big deal. Jimmy would probably prefer if it's 112. I don't think I'll make it up to 112.

It's an honor just to be there, for sure.

Tony, if the crash hadn't have happened, you had this 21-year-old kid that hadn't seen the speedway till two weeks ago, he was right on your tail ready to take over.

Tony Kanaan:

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Tony Kanaan, driver of the #11 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is Kanaan`s first Indy 500 victory in 12 starts. (Photo by Scott LePage for Chevrolet)
Tony Kanaan celebrates winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - Sunday, May 26 2013. (Photo Credit: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
The #11 KV Racing crew celebrates winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - Sunday, May 26 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
KV Racing team owner Jimmy Vasser congratulates Tony Kanaan on winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - Sunday, May 26 2013. (Photo Credit: Michael Roth for IndyCar Media)
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