IZOD IndyCar Series – 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Tony Kanaan; 2; Carlos Munoz; 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay; 4. Marco Andretti; 5. Justin Wilson.
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing brought the same tire specification to Indianapolis that produced record excitement and lead changes in 2012 – and the tires contributed to even more record-setting highlights this year. Race standards were set for the number of different drivers to lead the race, the number of lead changes and the final average speed; all indicators of the stellar tire performance by the Firestone Firehawks. The final leader was Tony Kanaan, who collected his first Indy 500 victory. It is the 64th win at Indianapolis for Firestone, more than all other tire manufacturers combined.
From race winner Tony Kanaan, #11 Hydroxycut/KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone: "I am so proud to win the Indy 500 with Firestone tires. Since I came to America in ’96, I haven’t driven for another tire manufacturer, which I’m extremely proud of. People forget how dangerous this sport is and how important it is to believe in the tires that we have, and that they are one of the most important parts of the race car. Firestone does a fantastic job, I can’t thank you guys enough."
From winning car co-owner Jimmy Vasser, KV Racing Technology: "I couldn’t win this race on my own so I guess I had to hire the right guy to do it for me. When you’ve got a restart with three (laps) to go and you’ve got Tony Kanaan behind the wheel, you know you’re looking good. The Firestone tires were fantastic, we didn’t have any issues and we had so much grip that it allowed us to really trim the car out on that last stop. I’m so happy for Tony; he’s been close so many times. To win it as an owner is the next best thing. We are part of the Firestone family. I won all my races on Firestones, won my championship on Firestones. This is going to be one of the greatest memories of my life."
Also, Peter Dempsey won the closest finish in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history to capture the Firestone Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race.
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Dempsey Nabs Win in Closest IMS Finish Ever
Peter Dempsey led a four-wide dash to the finish line in the Firestone Freedom 100, winning by 0.0024 of a second -- the closest race finish of any kind in more than 100 years of competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Driving the #5 Belardi Auto Racing entry, Dempsey stormed from fourth place to first coming down the front straightaway, his car edging across the finish line a mere eight inches ahead of the Firestone Indy Lights competition.
Fan Favorite Kanaan Finally Tastes Milk in Indy 500 Victory Lane
Tony Kanaan had been one of the most competitive Indianapolis 500 drivers for more than a decade, but could never unlock the secret to winning the biggest race of them all. In his 12th try, he did so with a late pass for the lead on a restart, the last of a record 68 lead changes -- to the delight of many fans watching around the world. Kanaan earned Firestone's 64th victory in the Indy 500.