The 2013 edition of the Indianapolis 500 was an amazing race with incredible competition throughout, but even with the dream win for Tony Kanaan, the event wasn't perfect.
After one of the wildest races in Indy 500 history, this was the good, bad and amazing of Sunday’s marquee auto-racing showcase.
The Good: Tony Kanaan Kisses the Bricks
After coming up short in his 11 previous Indianapolis 500 attempts, IndyCar legend Tony Kanaan finally cemented his spot amongst the greatest the sport has ever seen by taking Sunday’s checkered flag.
While the fact that Kanaan won the race under caution has some fans questioning the authenticity of the win, this is a great moment for IndyCar and auto sports in general.
This was comparable to Dale Earnhardt Sr. winning his first Daytona 500.
Kanaan is struggling in the IndyCar standings this year, but with the momentous victory now on his resume, there is little doubt that he will go down as one of the best IndyCar drivers and a genuinely classy athlete.
The Bad: The Andretti Curse Lives
Mario Andretti won the Indy 500 in 1969, and since that race, no Andretti has been victorious at the illustrious race. With Marco finishing fourth on Sunday, the Andretti curse continues to live on.
Marco had been running great all day, and with 31 laps led—the third most in the field (Kanaan 34, Carpenter 37)—there was little question that the youngest Andretti would be contending for the win at the end of the race.
After Andretti positioned himself for a push to the front in the waning laps, Dario Franchitti smashed into the wall and brought out the yellow.
With IndyCar finishing races under caution, Marco never got his chance to end the curse.
The Amazing: Lead Changes Galore!
If you are a racing fan that enjoys wild action featuring dozens of lead changes, Sunday’s Indy 500 was the ultimate race for you. With 68 total lead changes (h/t IndyCar Public Relations), this event broke the record for most in one race:
There were a record 68 lead changes today. An Indy 500 record.— INDYCAR PR (@INDYCARPR) May 26, 2013
The only lap that leading really matters is the last, and with a inspiration like Kanaan taking the checkered flag, the amazing day of racing around the beautiful Indianapolis Motor Speedway was made even better by the non-stop action on track.