Indianapolis 500: Tony Kanaan finally earns Indy victory
|By Mark Glendenning||Sunday, May 26th 2013, 19:32 GMT|
Tony Kanaan's long wait for a win at Indianapolis came to an end on Sunday when the Brazilian drank the milk at the end of an action-packed Indy 500.
In a race defined by constant slipstreaming and a record 68 lead changes, the KV Racing Technology driver took the lead for the final time when he passed Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart with three laps left to run.
There should still have been plenty of time for any number of the cars around him to attack, but they were denied the opportunity when Dario Franchitti crashed and immediately brought the yellows back out. The final laps were completed under caution.
Rookie Carlos Munoz backed up his practice speed by finishing an excellent second for Andretti Autosport; the rookie having looked more than at home running among the leaders right through the afternoon.
Completing a great afternoon for the Andretti team was Ryan Hunter-Reay in third and Marco Andretti in fourth, although both will view the result as one that got away after spending a vast amount of the race trading the lead.
Justin Wilson was the first Honda-powered driver across the line in fifth, the Brit jumping ahead of Helio Castroneves in the final laps, while AJ Allmendinger drove a great race all afternoon on his way to seventh.
Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball and polesitter Ed Carpenter, who started strongly but faded later in the race, completed the top 10.
The nature of defending race winner Franchitti's exit brought an early end to what had been a pretty difficult afternoon, with the Scot spending most of the race mired on the outer fringes of the top 20.
Until the late pair of cautions, the race had been run almost completely under green flag conditions. Indeed, with seven laps remaining, the average race speed was more than 7mph above the record. That dropped with the late yellows, but the race was still the fastest ever with a winner's average speed of 187.433mph.
The first caution came after just three laps when JR Hildebrand lost the rear of his car and hit the barriers; an accident that Graham Rahal did a good job of replicating to bring out the second-last yellow 194 laps later.
Rahal's crash ended a frustrating day for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team, which also had both cars issued a monetary fine for breaching pitlane protocol, and then saw James Jakes dealt a drive-through penalty for an unsafe stop.
Meanwhile, Sebastien Bourdais took the prize for the most baffling incident of the day when he lost control and crashed into the wall in the pitlane.
Results - 200 laps: Pos Driver Team/Engine Time/Gap 1. Tony Kanaan KV/Chevy 2h40m03.4181s 2. Carlos Munoz Andretti/Chevy + 0.1159 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti/Chevy + 0.2480 4. Marco Andretti Andretti/Chevy + 0.3634 5. Justin Wilson Coyne/Honda + 0.8138 6. Helio Castroneves Penske/Chevy + 3.0086 7. AJ Allmendinger Penske/Chevy + 4.0107 8. Simon Pagenaud Schmidt/Honda + 4.2609 9. Charlie Kimball Ganassi/Honda + 5.6864 10. Ed Carpenter Carpenter/Chevy + 6.8425 11. Oriol Servia Panther DRR/Chevy + 7.8633 12. Ryan Briscoe Ganassi/Honda + 8.9216 13. Takuma Sato Foyt/Honda + 10.2602 14. Scott Dixon Ganassi/Honda + 11.3858 15. Ana Beatriz Coyne/Honda + 12.2657 16. Tristan Vautier Schmidt/Honda + 15.3045 17. Simona De Silvestro KV/Chevy + 15.7201 18. EJ Viso Andretti/Chevy + 17.8056 19. Will Power Penske/Chevy + 22.5403 20. James Jakes Rahal/Honda + 1 lap 21. James Hinchcliffe Andretti/Chevy + 1 lap 22. Conor Daly Foyt/Honda + 2 laps 23. Dario Franchitti Ganassi/Honda + 3 laps* 24. Alex Tagliani Herta/Honda + 4 laps 25. Graham Rahal Rahal/Honda + 7 laps* 26. Katherine Legge Schmidt/Honda + 7 laps 27. Townsend Bell Panther/Chevy + 8 laps 28. Josef Newgarden Fisher/Honda + 9 laps * Not running at finish Retirements Sebastien Bourdais Dragon/Chevy 178 laps Pippa Mann Coyne/Honda 46 laps Buddy Lazier Lazier/Chevy 44 laps Sebastian Saavedra Dragon/Chevy 34 laps JR Hildebrand Panther/Chevy 3 laps All drivers in Dallara DW12 chassis