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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)
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway receives the winner`s trophy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones 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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