For the better part of two laps, Tony Kanaan circled Indianapolis Motor Speedway under caution as most of 200,000 admirers thundered their approval. Kanaan, 2013 Indy 500 winner, had arrived.
Dario Franchitti knows so many great drivers never got the opportunity to win three Indianapolis 500s, especially in his generation. What does that make him? Humble, thankful and hungry.
A lap-15 spin on pit road didn't faze Dario Franchitti. Neither did a failed last-lap bump-and-wreck by Takuma Sato. Franchitti was flawless from beginning to end in winning his third Indianapolis 500.
It will happen Sunday. The echoes will resound through the most massive grandstands on the face of the earth and the Indianapolis 500 will be the most important race in history ... again.
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What did team owner Chip Ganassi do when he became the first owner to win the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in the same season? Deflect credit ... again.