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Indy 500 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2013

May 26, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar Series driver Tony Kanaan (11) leads Ryan Hunter-Reay (1) during the 2013 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

With another historic chapter in the books at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was Tony Kanaan who was victorious Sunday in the 2013 Indy 500, beating second-place finisher and rookie Carlos Munoz under caution.

In one of the biggest races in auto sports, the Indy 500 lived up to the immense hype that surrounds the event each year and was one of the best battles hardcore and casual IndyCar fans alike can appreciate.

Motorsports insider Curt Cavin—a 26-year veteran at the Indianapolis Star—took to Twitter to express his feelings on the 2013 edition of the Indy 500:

Curt Cavin @curtcavin

Best #Indy500 ever. Safe so far. Unbelievable action. Sooo close.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Twitter shared the video of the finish:

Indianapolis Motor Speedway @IMS

.@tonykanaan wins the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 #Indy500orBust https://t.co/FOhzC91hSm

Kanaan followed up on Twitter on Monday expressing his excitement and thanking fans:

Tony Kanaan @TonyKanaan

Thanks everyone for the messages no words to describe this feeling right now. Thanks for the support

All stats and standings via IndyCar.com.

Full 2013 Indy 500 Results

Finish Driver Start

Difference (seconds)

1. Tony Kanaan 12
2. Carlos Munoz 2 -0.1159
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay 7 -0.2480
4. Marco Andretti 3 -0.3634
5. Justin Wilson 14 -0.8138
6. Helio Castroneves 8 -3.0086
7. A.J. Allmendinger 5 -4.0107
8. Simon Pagenaud 21 -4.2609
9. Charlie Kimball 19 -5.6864
10. Ed Carpenter 1 -6.8425
11. Oriol Servia 13 -7.8633
12. Ryan Briscoe 23 -8.9216
13. Takuma Sato 18 -10.2602
14. Scott Dixon 16 -10.2602
15. Ana Beatriz 29 -12.2657
16. Tristan Vautier 28 -15.3045
17. Simona De Silvestro 24 -15.7201
18. E.J. Viso 4 -17.8056
19. Will Power 6 -22.5403
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

The pre-race festivities were great as always, and coupled with the Boston marathon runners getting to finish their race on the track and San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh driving the pace car, the officials for IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway spared no expense to make this marquee race even more special:

IndyStar @indystar

Boston Marathon runners finish at #Indy500 http://t.co/4eFNHr9NHP Photo: @KWilkinson3 http://t.co/Udi25vk7Qf

San Francisco 49ers @49ers

Jim Harbaugh setting the pace at the #Indy500. #Niners365 http://t.co/Q0RygqGOaA

The chaos didn’t take long to get started during the race on Sunday as J.R. Hildebrand crashed on Lap 4, bringing out the race’s first caution. The race remained relatively calm until Sebastian Saavedra wrecked his car on Lap 34, ending his day early as well.

Phillip B Wilson of the Indianapolis Star talked about Saavedra‘s incident:

Phillip B Wilson @pwilson24

So much for cool hair. Sebastian Saavedra got spun out, bounced right front off Turn 4 wall, coasts to stop on front straight. #indy500

The first half of the race was highlighted by some great action toward the front of the pack and throughout the field, and after starting the race on the pole, Ed Carpenter looked like a force to be reckoned with after the first 200 miles.

As the laps passed, though, Carpenter fell off the pace of the leaders.

During the middle portion of the race, the green-flag pit stops caused several quick lead changes, and the official IndyCar’s Twitter account shared that this year’s event beat the record for most lead changes:

INDYCAR PR @INDYCARPR

There were a record 68 lead changes today. An Indy 500 record.

Just when the race was looking like it would stay green for the final stretch, Graham Rahal wrecked with just six laps remaining to force a yellow flag and a late restart.

Kanaan made a late run around Ryan Hunter-Reay on the final restart to gain the lead, and after another yellow flag came out, it was the first-time winner who finally had the opportunity to taste victory lane.

NASCAR driver and former IndyCar sensation Danica Patrick weighed in on Kanaan’s victory:

Danica Patrick @DanicaPatrick

Great Indy 500! Congrats to long awaited winner @TonyKanaan!

Hunter-Reay came in third place, with Marco Andretti coming in fourth and Justin Wilson finishing fifth.

As for what kind of milk the winner would be drinking Sunday, ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak had the inside scoop:

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/EAr5NOPo9u

While Kanaan enjoyed the customary milk and champagne bath in victory lane, the sweetest taste he had all day had to be when his lips finally hit the famous brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

An ideal ending to a superb race.

2013 IndyCar Championship Standings

Rank

Driver

Total

1

Marco Andretti

168

2

Takuma Sato

157

3

Helio Castroneves

152

4

Ryan Hunter-Reay

138

5

James Hinchcliffe

128

6

Justin Wilson

125

7

Tony Kanaan

124

8

Scott Dixon

122

9

Oriol Servia

112

10

Simon Pagenaud

108

11

Charlie Kimball

106

12

E.J. Viso

104

13

Simona De Silvestro

103

14

Will Power

89

15

Josef Newgarden

84

16

Graham Rahal

82

17

Dario Franchitti

81

18

Ed Carpenter

81

19

JR Hildebrand

79

20

Alex Tagliani

79

21

Sebastien Bourdais

74

22

Tristan Vautier

73

23

James Jakes

68

24

AJ Allmendinger

55

25

Carlos Munoz

54

26

Ana Beatriz

53

27

Sebastian Saavedra

44

28

Ryan Briscoe

22

29

Conor Daly

11

30

Townsend Bell

10

31

Katherine Legge

8

32

Pippa Mann

8

33

Buddy Lazier

8

34

Mike Conway

5

After another exciting Indianapolis 500, the momentum has already shifted to next week’s Chevrolet Indy Duals in Detroit. With two unique races scheduled for next Saturday and Sunday (June 1 and June 2), the racing world will barely have a chance to breathe.

The wild two weeks at Indianapolis made this an amazing experience for all hardcore and casual racing fans, but in IndyCar, there is no rest for the weary. It's on to the next.

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