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Brazil's Tony Kanaan wins hotly contested Indianapolis 500

May 26, 2013 at 3:37 PM   |   Comments

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INDIANAPOLIS, May 26 (UPI) -- Tony Kanaan grabbed the lead after a final restart with three laps left Sunday and went on to record his first victory in 12 tries at the Indianapolis 500.

The Brazilian cruised home under a caution after defending champion Dario Franchitti crashed into the wall during the shootout, capping a furious contest that saw an amazing 68 lead changes -- double the former record of 34 set last year.

Kanaan wrested the advantage away from Ryan Hunter-Reay just after the final restart.

Hunter-Reay, the defending IndyCar champ, ended up in third place after being passed down the stretch by rookie Carlos Munoz.

Rounding out the Top 5 were Marco Andretti and Justin Wilson.

Franchitti, who was seeking a fourth Indy 500 title, ended up finishing 23rd after the late crash.

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