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Tony Kanaan, KV Racing Technology - Q&A

It was good. He was going to learn a lot in the last two laps, I can tell you that (laughter). He was going to love this place, but he was going to have to come back.

He's a good kid. We go go-karting together in Miami. It's funny because Carb Day, he made a pass on me on the short chute. We don't do that very often. I didn't talk to him. I thought, 'This kid is good.' If he manages to finish the race, he's going to finish well.
It was funny because in the race he got a hiccup in Turn 1. I put the same pass on him. Here you go, kid. With three to go, when I saw him behind me, I said, "All right, man, let's start the lessons here." But it went yellow, so...

Professional sports, there always seems to be one figure who finally gets a championship. Do you already feel like there's that weight lifted after the 11 years?

Tony Kanaan:
I don't know what to think. I mean, I don't know what to expect, what's coming. I'm going to enjoy it a lot. It's been a while that I haven't won a race actually. Usually you take it for granted sometimes. When you win very often, it's one more, you're thinking about the next one.

Obviously, this one is the biggest one I've ever have. Now I have a championship and an Indy 500. It's a huge, remarkable achievement for me. I mean, that proves that I can still race for a few more years. Our contract is up this year, so hopefully we'll find something. I don't want to go anywhere. I told Jimmy that before we had won anything. I have the people that I want to have.

I'm going to enjoy it, enjoy my life, enjoy my kid, that he hammered on me last week. He said, Dad, I'm 5 years old and I don't recall seeing you win a race. That was harsh. I told him to go to his grandma's house and look at all the trophies that I have won. It didn't go well with him. I can show him this one.

Tony, this was a record-breaking 500 in many ways. Talk about the perspective from a driver's standpoint with so much uncertainty at the top with the lead changing almost every lap.

Tony Kanaan:
It was a chess game. It's funny enough because I don't know how to play chess. I guess you play around.

It was just a good day for me. I mean, I was extremely confident. I never lost my focus. Jimmy was funny. Coming up to Lap 100, I was running second, he says, Next lap is 100. If you want to lead it, just letting you know. I was going to ask if there was any money for that.

Jimmy Vasser:
There was.

Tony Kanaan:
Allmendinger was a nose away from me, which is hard to do, but he did it (laughter).

It was just a good day. I was extremely confident. But I think with the past 11 years, I've been through everything here, I had none expectations. I said, you know what, we do what we can, put ourselves in a good position. I got yelled by Jimmy, Dude, I know you're showing off, but get back there because we need to save some fuel. I got to the front anytime I wanted to. That proved to me, if I put myself in the right position, everything else fell through, I was going to win. That's what happened.

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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)
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The #11 KV Racing crew celebrates winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - Sunday, May 26 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
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