Race Report: Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS May 26, 2013—This Indianapolis 500 set records for the fastest average speed at 187.4 mph with 14 different leaders generating 68 lead changes but it was Tony Kanaan winning under caution that drew the most cheers. It was his first victory in 12 tries.
Takuma Sato drove hard for the entire 500 miles in the ABC Supply Honda. He recovered from a spin and two blistered right rear tires to finish 13th. It was Sato’s best finish in four starts here and the ABC Supply team’s best finish since 2008 when Darren Manning placed ninth.
Sato relinquished his point lead to Marco Andretti who finished fourth today. Sato is second in the IZOD IndyCar Series and currently leads the Road Course series championship. In the overall championship, Sato trails Andretti by 11 points, while he remains five points ahead of third place Helio Castroneves.
Rookie Conor Daly, who started 31st, drove a solid race in the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda to finish 22nd despite losing his rear brakes (which made the pit stops an adventure for his crew) and suffering through two small fires during refueling. He ran the entire race—just the fifth oval track race of his career--and gained valuable experience in the process.