Tony Kanaan made history on Sunday afternoon, as he was the first to cross the finish line at the 97th Indianapolis 500 after the race saw the lead change a record 68 times.
Ind. Motor Speedway @IMS
.@tonykanaan wins the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 #Indy500orBust https://t.co/FOhzC91hSm2013-5-26 19:01:12
According to the public relations Twitter account for IndyCar, the number of lead changes was nearly double the previous record of 34, set just a year ago:
INDYCAR PR @INDYCARPR
There were a record 68 lead changes today. An Indy 500 record.2013-5-26 18:59:05
Kanaan took the lead in the 197th lap after Dario Franchitti, who sought the fourth Indy 500 win of his career, hit the wall. From there, it was relatively smooth sailing—or driving—for one of the race’s fan favorites, who finished first under caution.
Here's a look at Kanaan drinking the celebratory bottle of milk after winning the race.
Kanaan had been unsuccessful in 11 previous attempts at the Indy 500, despite starting in the first five spots on six occasions. He finished in second place back in 2004 and has finished third a pair of other times, most recently in 2012.
Kanaan hasn’t had the best year and entered Sunday’s race in 17th place in the IndyCar standings. That, and the fact that he started in the No. 12 position for the race, didn’t matter at all.
Here's a glance at Kanaan crossing the finish line, provided by the Indianapolis Star:
Tony Kanaan crosses the bricks after finally winning the #Indy500. http://t.co/1cpw65xm9X http://t.co/L3dvu4CO642013-5-26 19:18:44
Kanaan tweeted Sunday morning how excited he was for the race:
Tony Kanaan @TonyKanaan
Time to go do what I always dream. Thanks for the support everyone. I hope I can do this for you guys. #livingthedream2013-5-26 14:58:21
Many were quick to congratulate the Brazilian, including Danica Patrick, via her Twitter account:
Danica Patrick @DanicaPatrick
Great Indy 500! Congrats to long awaited winner @TonyKanaan!2013-5-26 19:10:49
Jimmie Johnson also had kind words for Kanaan, sharing his thoughts with a tweet:
Jimmie Johnson @JimmieJohnson
I'm so happy for my old teammate and friend @jimmyvasser and @TonyKanaan for winning the #Indy500. #GoodPeople2013-5-26 19:04:52
Rookie Carlos Munoz finished in second place with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Justin Wilson following shortly behind.
Ed Carpenter, who is from Indiana and won the pole for the race, held the lead for most of the first half, but he eventually slowed and lost the advantage. Carpenter finished in 10th place.