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2013 Indy 500: Tony Kanaan makes it to victory lane - at last!

The restart came on lap 197 with Hunter-Reay leading Kanaan at the green flag; Kanaan had just ducked underneath Hunter-Reay for the lead and Munoz round the outside for second place when Dario Franchitti capped a thoroughly mediocre race for the Ganassi #10 by understeering into the wall to bring the yellows out again: for a few seconds no one quite realised the significance, but this close to the finish there was no chance of the wreck being cleared up in time to attempt a restart. With no equivalent to the NASCAR green-white-chequered system, the race would end under yellow with the field frozen as it stood.

It was no four-wide photo finish as had been the case in Friday's Firestone Indy Lights Freedom 100 (in which ironically Munoz had been the big loser as the line) but it was no less popular a result for all that: Tony Kanaan had finally won the Indianapolis 500 at his 12th attempt having finished second in 2004, third twice in 2003 and 2012 and fourth in 2011.

He was surely due this final step up to the top of the podium, and it seemed the entire Indianapolis Motor Speedway was delighted to join in the celebrations, including Alex Zanardi who had been on hand before the race to allow Kanaan a rub of his Paralympics gold medal for good luck - which had clearly paid off in spades.

You'd have thought that coming home in second in his first Indy 500 would have had Carlos Munoz jumping around in ecstasy after finishing in second ahead of Hunter-Reay, Andretti, Wilson, Castroneves, Allmendinger, Pagenaud, Kimball and Carpenter. But no: the Colombian looked crestfallen that after completing 200 laps and 500 miles of an inch-perfect d├ębut at IMS he had come within inches of a famous victory for the second time in just 48 hours.

It's clear that the 21-year-old has a great future ahead of him in the sport, maybe even one to match his compatriot and idol Juan Pablo Montoya. But as for the present, that belongs to Tony Kanaan.

Finally. And deservedly.

Full race results and championship standings are now available.



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Tony Kanaan wins the Indianapolis 500 - Sunday May 26 2013. (Photo Credit: Pete Howard for IndyCar Media)
Ed Carpenter leads at the start of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - Sunday, May 26 2013. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
The finish of the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - Sunday, May 26 2013. (Photo Credit: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan celebrates after winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500 - Sunday, May 26 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies third Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.  (Photo by Brett Moist/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Ryan Briscoe (left), driver of the #8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, talks with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, during qualifying Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Briscoe qualified fourth, Kanaan second and teammate Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 won the pole. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 celebrates winning the pole Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon will start in the front row with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, who qualified second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 wins the pole Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon will start in the front row with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, who qualified second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
The eyes of Scott Dixon look down track prior to practice for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on course during practice for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay sits in his car during a rain delay at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya chats with his team prior to practice for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)

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Terminator - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 8:55 PM

Indycars - Drivers race flat out for the entire duration, and there is thrilling racing with many lead changes and the race being decided at the very end F1 - Drivers are told to preserve tyres, preserve tires, go around 2 seconds slower than they should, and follow the guy in front leading to a borefest Indycar ROCKS!



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