Tony Kanaan will take home $2.35 million after winning the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500, according to Jeff Olsen of USA Today.
The highly anticipated race lived up to the hype and more at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26.
Kanaan finally captured a victory at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing for the first time after 12 attempts. He found himself on the right side of a caution flag that flew with just three laps to go.
The Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway shared the sight of Kanaan’s victory (via Twitter):
Ind. Motor Speedway @IMS
.@tonykanaan wins the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 #Indy500orBust https://t.co/FOhzC91hSm5/26/2013, 7:01:12 PM
Three-time winner Dario Franchitti hit Turn 1’s barrier after a Lap 197 restart and Kanaan cruised to the checkered flag under the resulting caution.
Kanaan led for 34 laps but it was Ed Carpenter, who finished in 10th place, who led for the longest of the 500-mile race (37 laps).
Prior to the race, ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak tweeted the list of milk each driver requested for victory lane.
Lindsay Czarniak @lindsayczarniak
This is so cool. The list of what type of milk each driver wants in victory lane if they win... Hot off the press http://t.co/EAr5NOPo9u5/26/2013, 12:42:38 PM
Once there, Kanaan finally got his milk celebration. He didn’t waste a drop—unless of course you count the plethora of milk all over his face. Paul Nisely of Sporting News provided (via Twitter) a classic shot of this year’s winner enjoying his victory lane milk, 2 percent, of course.
Paul Nisely @Paul_Nisely
Photo: REFRESHING MILK Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, celebrates by pouring the winners milk over his head after... http://t.co/ZqKDw6DLnW5/26/2013, 7:38:37 PM
After trying to win this colossal event for so long, it was no wonder Kanaan was so emotional following his impressive performance.
IndyCar points leader Marco Andretti, a race favorite, ended up finishing in fourth place. American Ryan Hunter-Reay came in third behind second-place finisher Carlos Munoz.
Other big-name finishes include Helio Castrovenes, who ended up in sixth place, and Justin Wilson, who finished behind Andretti in fifth.
Complete 2013 Indy 500 Results
|17.||Simona De Silvestro||24||-15.7201|
|20.||James Jakes||20||1 Lap|
|21.||James Hinchcliffe||9||1 Lap|
|22.||Dario Franchitti||17||2 Laps|
|23.||Conor Daly||31||3 Laps|
|24.||Alex Tagliani||11||4 Laps|
|25.||Graham Rahal||26||7 Laps|
|26.||Katherine Legge||33||7 Laps|
|27.||Townsend Bell||22||8 Laps|
|28.||Josef Newgarden||25||9 Laps|
|29.||Sebastien Bourdais||15||22 Laps|
|30.||Pippa Mann||30||154 Laps|
|31.||Buddy Lazier||32||156 Laps|
|32.||Sebastian Saavedra||27||166 Laps|
|33.||J.R. Hildebrand||10||197 Laps|
Leading up to the race, we knew there was going to be a big payday for whoever ended up drinking the milk in Indianapolis. The winning share was reported to be over $2.5 million, according to Jeremy Brilliant of WTHR Indiana.
Total race winnings, according to Brilliant, were set to increase by over 25 percent to reach about $13.4 million. However, winnings are dependent on attendance and the numbers ended up being less in the end.
Kanaan's $2.35 million purse was significantly less than the amount projected, but you would hard pressed to find the winner complain about his payday. Dario Franchitti took home $2.47 million after winning the race in 2012 and $2.75 million for his victory in 2010.
Here's a complete list of notable payouts from the 2013 race, according to Racer.com:
*Carpenter received a $100,000 bonus for being the race's polesitter.
Records were made to be broken. That was definitely the case on Sunday as multiple marks were surpassed by the great competitors on hand for the event.
Following the race, IndyCar’s official Twitter account shared the most notable of the multiple records broken in Indianapolis:
INDYCAR PR @INDYCARPR
There were a record 68 lead changes today. An Indy 500 record.5/26/2013, 6:59:05 PM
Here are a few more of the impressive marks set during this year's race:
|27||Cars Running at Finish||26||1911|
|14||Different Lap Leaders||12||1993|
|187.433 mph||Average speed||185.981 mph||1990|
|68||Race lead changes||34||2012|
For a complete rundown of records broken, visit IndyCar.com.
2013 IndyCar Championship Standings
Simona De Silvestro
Kanaan may be just seventh in total points in 2013 but he wouldn't trade anything for his victory in Indianapolis. The win may help him build momentum to catch Marco Andretti, but he will be content, for now, to relish this massive accomplishment.
Carlos Munoz, a 21-year-old rookie, isn't high up on this year's point standings. However, his performance was admirable and worthy of mention. The 2013 Indy 500 was his debut performance and he nearly stole the show out of the gates of his promising career.