Tony Kanaan Wins Indy 500
In his more than a decade of racing in the IndyCar series, Brazilian Tony Kanaan has had multiple second and third-place finishes in the historic Memorial Day weekend race, but has never taken the checkered flag. Kanaan’s winless streak at the Indy 500 finally ended on Sunday, taking the checkered flag under caution following a crash involving Dario Franchitti.
Franchitti and Helio Castroneves were both vying for a prized fourth victory, an elite club that consists of only three other men, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. With a highest average practice speed of 224.236 mph, many thought Franchitti was well-positioned to join the ranks of the four-time winners.
Indy 500 rookie Carlos Munoz of Colombia finished second, with Ryan Hunter-Reay taking third. 26 year-old Marco Andretti, grandson of 1969 Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti, finished fourth. Indy 500 rookie AJ Allmendinger led for 23 laps, and for a while, it looked like the checkered flag might go to the newcomer. Allmendinger’s seatbelt coming undone forced him to pit, and was only able to get back to seventh place afterward.
Chevrolet-powered cars dominated among the top 10 finishers, taking seven out of the top 10 spots. Honda-powered cars took the fifth, eighth and ninth-place spots.
Source: ESPN Racing