Kanaan Gets Victory; Chevrolet Powers Top Four Finishers

Tony Kanaan, No. 11 Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology SH Racing Chevrolet, had been denied a trip to victory lane many times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), but as fate would have it this year, he was in the right place at the right time to capture his first Indianapolis 500 win.  

Tony Kanaan celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 26. It is Kanaan's first Indy 500 victory in 12 starts. (photo by Scott LePage for Chevrolet)

Kanaan, the 2004 IZOD IndyCar Series champion, started 12th and led 34 laps, but the key move came when he took the lead on a lap 197 restart, and was stretching his advantage over the field when the caution flew again on lap 198 of the 200-lap race. Kanaan, who was making his 201st career IndyCar start, took the checkered flag with the race under caution.

Kanaan’s first Indy 500 victory was also the first trip to the coveted Victory Lane for the Chevrolet V6 2.2 liter direct injected twin turbo charged purpose-built IndyCar engine. The victory was the eighth time the Bowtie has gone to the Indianapolis 500 Winner’s Circle, but the first Indianapolis 500 win for Chevrolet since 2002.  

“Congratulations to Tony Kanaan and the No. 11 Chevrolet-powered KV Racing Technology team for winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Tony drove a great race, and the team executed flawlessly.  Their total focus was on driving to the front of the field.  Tony and the No. 11 team demonstrated tremendous teamwork, perseverance and a never-give-up-attitude all day.”

Kanaan races to victory. (photo by F. Peirce Williams for Chevrolet)