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Tony Kanaan, KV Racing Technology - Q&A

As a driver, do you like this style of racing? Are you a little bit frustrated, if you have a good car, leading you can't get away?

Tony Kanaan:
I'm always a big fan of the best car wins the race, but that doesn't happen very often. I think the race for the fans, it was unbelievable. Obviously for me, we had a very few yellows. By the time we said, OK, this is the last stop. It was like: "Already? It wasn't like a long day."

It was a lot of action going on, a lot of people that didn't want to lead. People had a lot of experience here didn't want to lead. The rookies, I want to do this.

No, I wouldn't change anything. I think the competition has been extremely tough. I hate fuel-mileage races. This is a 500-mile race. There's no way you're not going to play that strategy anyway. If you say all our races are going to be like that, I totally disapprove. I know for a fact they're not. Here, it's three, four hours, so anything can happen.

Can you take us through a sense from the last two years of what it takes to get here at Indy, almost not having a ride?

Tony Kanaan:
It's a big reward. If it wasn't for Kevin, Jimmy, (indiscernible) putting this sponsorship together, I wouldn't be here. We got a call seven days before St. Pete three years ago. We kept insisting, we knew we could do this. These are hard times for everybody. I've always asked myself, Why do I deserve better than somebody else?

My career, it's pretty successful. I raced for a big team, prime time. I had four awesome teammates that we enjoyed a lot. I won a lot of races. I was grateful for that. So I never felt sorry for myself.

It was just a situation. This is life. It's plenty of ups and downs. You've got to go for it. You take the opportunities. If you're fortunate enough, I believe if you're a good person, good things will come to you.

We've been surviving. We have our struggles. We fight. We're going to fight for the pace car now, who is going to have it, all that stuff.

Jimmy Vasser:
Chip didn't give me the Pace Car.

Tony Kanaan:
He gave Zanardi a car.

So, yeah, it's rewarding. It shows that if you never give up, many good things might happen for you.

Thank you very much. Congratulations.

Tony Kanaan:
Thank you.

Transcript courtesy Indianapolis Motor Speedway. FastScripts by ASAP Sports

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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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