The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 is in the books, and Tony Kanaan finally got to a take trip to the winner's circle.
The race was finished under caution, but it was a classic finish. With only a handful of laps to go, nobody seemed to have the edge. But Kanaan saw an opportunity and took control to finally win this storied race.
Let's jump right into the results (via ESPN.com).
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Tony Kanaan finally took the checkered flag!
Kanaan has had his opportunities to win the Indy 500 over the years, but he has never been able to finish in first...until now.
After several top-three starting spots, he started a bit down in the pack at 12th on Sunday and made his way to the top.
Last year, he was in the lead with less than 10 laps to go but was passed with six to go. He finished third. And in 2011, Kanaan finished in fourth. So he had extra motivation to get the job done Sunday.
He has had near-misses for over a decade. Finally winning the race will give him some comfort after being so close so many times.
By the end of the race, Kanaan was a sentimental pick to win. Knowing everything that he has been through made fans push for him to finally get the job done.
In what was a crazy race, and there were a few records set on Sunday. According to the IndyCar Twitter account, it was a very fast Indy 500:
Not only was that a record, but the race also set a record for most lead changes:
There were a record 68 lead changes today. An Indy 500 record.
— INDYCAR PR (@INDYCARPR) May 26, 2013
In what was an exciting finish down the stretch, it was only fitting that there were so many lead changes.
At the end of the day, this race will be remembered as the day that Kanaan finally got the victory. Until now, he had come short numerous times.
The race unfortunately lost some intrigue when defending winner Dario Franchitti crashed into the wall in the final laps, which caused the race to be finished under caution.
Still, the 97th Indianapolis 500 belongs to Kanaan. Enjoy the milk, Tony!