Kanaan finally claims Indy 500 victory
26 May 2013 – After years of trying, Tony Kanaan has finally claimed victory in the Indianapolis 500, with the Brazilian winning the 97th running of the prestigious event. The KV racing driver, whose triumph was secured under yellow flags after Dario Franchitti crashed late on, took the chequered flag ahead of rookie Carlos Muñoz and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Kanaan's definitive move came just three laps from the end of the 500-mile race, with the Brazilian capitalising on a restart to take the top spot away from reigning IndyCar Champion Hunter-Reay. Prior to this, the lead had been traded on 68 occasions.
With a grandstand finish looming, the drivers around Kanaan were denied a chance of stealing the win when Franchitti hit the wall in dramatic style. The Scot had been aiming to victory his victory of 12 months ago, but endured a troublesome day.
Muñoz followed Kanaan home to take a well-deserved second place finish at the end of his maiden appearance at the brickyard, with Andretti team-mates Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti topping off a fine collective performance in third and fourth respectively.
Justin Wilson was the first of the Honda-powered cars in fifth, just ahead of Penske's Hélio Castroneves and A.J. Allmendinger. Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball and pole-sitter Ed Carpenter completed the top ten, the latter failing convert a strong start.
There were a number of incidents throughout the race, kicked off on the third tour when J.R. Hildebrand, who came so close to victory on his Indy 500 debut two years ago, slid into the barriers. Graham Rahal suffered a similar crash near the 200-lap mark, while Sébastien Bourdais ended his race with a bizarre pit lane accident.
The IndyCar field will be back in action in Detroit on the weekend of 1-2 June