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'Fastest man' Wilson thwarted by late Indy 500 caution

Fifth place is Wilson's best-ever Indianapolis finish in six starts, and means that he was the highest-placed of the Honda contingent of cars in an event that had been completely dominated right from Opening Day two weeks previously by the Chevrolet runners. Wilson was proud to be carrying the Japanense manufacturer's colours here at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the month of May.

“I love this place," he said, clearly another racer bitten by the Indy 500 bug in a big way. "It's special. There is nothing quite like doing 225 mph around here. It feels fantastic.

"It's a real thinking circuit so you've got to be at the right spot at the right time," he added, also thinking back to his time in F1 during which he competed in the US Grand Prix on the infield road course at IMS which uses only a part of the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway oval.

Wilson's F1 background means that he's usually seen as a road course specialist, but in recent times something has 'clicked' for the English driver when it comes to ovals as well. He won his first IndyCar oval race in 2012 with his victory at Texas Motor Speedway, and looked absolutely born to race the Indy 500 this month.

If he came up short this time, he can look to the 12th-time-lucky example of the 2013 champion celebrating in victory circle on Sunday. And while he might have preferred to have won the race himself, Wilson sounds genuinely and thrilled as he talks about the man who did pull it off this year.

"It's great to see Tony Kanaan win," said Wilson. "He is a great guy. He's come so close so many years. I'm really pleased for him."

And Wilson can take consolation in the fact that he's shot up to sixth place in a wide-open IZOD IndyCar Series championship battle, which resumes next weekend with the double header event at Detroit Belle Isle.



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Justin Wilson on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Eric McCombs for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson ready for action. (Photo Credit: Forrest Mellott for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson pit lane photo shoot after qualifying for the 2013 Indianapolis 500. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson in action on track at Indianapolis otor Speedway. (Photo Credit: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson talks to IMS after the race. (Photo Credit: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
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Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, races to a third-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, takes over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
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Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, took over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Brett Moist/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan lead the pack at the start of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Tony Kanaan leads the field during the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
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Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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