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And Another Thing


Luck was a lady, finally

There may have been more popular victories in the 97 years of the Indianapolis 500. But it's hard think of any right now.

Hard to imagine a better example of a good man finally getting his due than watching Tony Kanaan catch a lucky yellow two laps from the finish, after making a stellar pass for the lead on a restart half a lap before. Across 12 500s -- nine of which he led at one point or another -- he has been the one who got caught out by yellows, or caught up in someone elses mess, or literally had his parade rained on just when it seemed it was finally his day.

Well. Sunday was, finally, his day. And it was one of the more remarkable days in the race's history, with a record number of lead changes and a record number of leaders. At no time did anyone run away and hide, at least for more than five or six laps at a stretch.

The Greatest Spectacle In Racing, in other words, was not just a tag line this time. And if you didn't think so, check your pulse. 'Cause you don't have one.

Ben Smith's blog.