Kanaan Finally Wins The Indy 500
Tony Kanaan has finally won the Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan drove past Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart with three laps to go, then coasted across the finish line under yellow when defending race winner Dario Franchitti crashed far back in the field.
It was a hugely popular victory at the speedway, where Kanaan had endured so much heartache. Coming into the race, the Brazilian had led more laps than any other non-winner besides Michael Andretti and Rex Mays. He finished second in 2004 and twice finished third.
Now, Kanaan is an Indy 500 champion, coming through on a cool day of thrilling competition that smashed the record for most lead changes and most leaders.This year’s chill was a stark contrast to last year’s high of 91 — one degree shy of the race-day record of 92 set in 1937.