It’s 5:23 a.m. here in Indianapolis and I’m about to depart the luxurious EconoLodge for the seven-hour trip back to pressdog WORLD Headquarters in tony West Des Moines, Iowa. I hope to do some race notes later after I get home and watch the ABC coverage, but first, some highlights (above) and random thoughts (below).
It was semi-chilly out at the start of the race. The wind was blowing pretty good at first, but then died down a bit as the race got going. On Saturday the race-day forecast was 60% chance of rain but by Sunday morning it was down to 20%. It was overcast all race but no real visible threat of rain. It did rain just slightly at the track about 30 to 45 minutes after the race was over.
Per IMS PR, the weather was: "at noon, the ambient temperature was 62 degrees with a relative humidity of 44 percent and calm winds, according to Firestone engineers. Skies were cloudy. The track temperature was 73 degrees, according to Firestone engineers."
The Finishing Order:
1. (12) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running
2. (2) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running
3. (7) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running
4. (3) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running
5. (14) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
6. (8) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running
7. (5) AJ Allmendinger, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running
8. (21) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
9. (19) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
10. (1) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running
11. (13) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running
12. (23) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
13. (18) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
14. (16) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
15. (29) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
16. (28) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running
17. (24) Simona De Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running
18. (4) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running
19. (6) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running
20. (20) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 199, Running
21. (9) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 199, Running
22. (31) Conor Daly, Dallara-Honda, 198, Running
23. (17) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 197, Contact
24. (11) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 196, Running
25. (26) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 193, Contact
26. (33) Katherine Legge, Dallara-Honda, 193, Running
27. (22) Townsend Bell, Dallara-Chevy, 192, Running
28. (25) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 191, Running
29. (15) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 178, Contact
30. (30) Pippa Mann, Dallara-Honda, 46, Contact
31. (32) Buddy Lazier, Dallara-Chevy, 44, Mechanical
32. (27) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 34, Contact
33. (10) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevy, 3, Contact
Mr. Popular -- Tony Kanaan won, and to say the win was popular was like saying Elvis was kind of famous. IMS let out a roar when he crossed the line and I’m told people stayed in their seats much longer than the normally do post-race in order to hear what TK said and see him do his traditional parade lap in the back of a convertible.
I’m happy for TK and his fans. It was his first Indy 500 in 11 starts (12 if you count Sunday) and now he doesn’t have to deal with the “best IndyCar driver never to win the Indy 500” stuff anymore. And Tony’s wife, Lauren, is a Woman of pressdog®, so I’m pumped for LoBo. Kanaan’s post-race press conference was all gold. I’ll post the transcript below.
Record Setting -- All of these are new records set during the race:
- 68 lead changes
- 14 different leaders
- Average speed 187.433
- 26 cars still running at the end
Not too shabby. At the race it was just a festival of passing going into turn 1 (the turn I could see). In fact, at numerous times I thought “these people are psychotic” because they’d use the entire front straight to overtake and then tuck in to the one-groove corner at what looked like the last second.
There were so many passes for the lead it started to look like leading wasn’t want you wanted to do late. The leader couldn’t separate from P2, so it was only a matter of time before the slingshot was engaged. During the first three-quarters of the race it appeared to me that drivers were hanging out, being smart, not getting too bunched up about who was leading if they were in the top five. Pretty much the whole field was in one, big, single-file draft at the race with plenty of overtaking going on all over the place. I guess something about the aero on these cars and the track makes it tough to separate from the field.
Here’s some interesting thoughts from Ryan Hunter-Reay on that issue:
"Right now you can have a car that's superior by 2 miles an hour, a mile an hour and a half, which is huge around this place, and he won't be able to pull away from a car doing two miles and how slower than him just because it punches that big a hole in the air.
I am no engineer and I don't know the solution to that, but maybe the aero kits we are going for, IndyCar announced we're going to go back to beating the track record again, we're going to be flying around this place. I think Chevrolet and Honda are going to do a great job at going at it with aero kits, making these cars a little slipperier.
There may be some solutions coming in the future to that. As a driver, you feel you put the car in the right position, you're a sitting duck out front, we need to tweak that a little bit."
Bia on a Rampage — Ana “Bia” Beatriz finished P15, up FOURTEEN spots from her starting position of P29. I tried to listen to Bia on my scanner, but I couldn’t hear her very well. It was all echo chamber-like. Dale Coyne in general had a good race with Justin Wilson surprising me at the end by being P5 and Bia P15. The third Coyne car, Pippa Mann, biffed it on lap 46 and had to retire from the race.
Pippa, Katherine and Simona — Speaking of Pippa, controversy raged (a little). First, Sebastian Saavedra, who walled on lap 34, blamed Pippa for a chop or brake check or something. Pippa said, essentially, that she had to get on the brakes because Buddy Lazier, who retired from the race with a “mechanical” issue just 10 laps later, suddenly lost speed in front of her causing her to brake and then cue the dreaded accordion effect.
THEN, on Lap 46, Pippa spanked the wall and she said Graham Rahal was being goofy in front of her (I'm kind of paraphrasing), causing some bad aero or the dreaded “dirty air” and she was toast.
Katherine Legge started the race like she was shot out of a gun, inhaling about 10 cars (ish) over the first stint. But then she brushed the wall early in the race, had to come in for a new toe link (which is a suspension piece), lost seven laps and was stuck. Sounds like the fix worked pretty well, but when you’re seven laps down you can’t really race anyone hard (it’s an etiquette thing) so she kind of cruised and tried to stay out of people’s way, keep the sponsor’s colors on the track and pick up some spots by attrition.
I’m not even sure what was up with Simona. She finished 17th on the lead lap after starting P24. Very quite race for her.
Ed Carpenter — Ed got off to a great start, led a total of six times for a race-high 37 laps but faded to P10 at the end. But his car wasn’t as good in the pack (the dreaded “dirty air” again). Once got back there, the car’s balance was iffy and it was tough to overtake. Tough day for Ed, who won the pole and seemed like he had a legit chance. That’s the deal with Indy. There are so many many variables that come into play that you really have to have everything align perfectly to win. Even the really variable May weather in Indiana plays a part in creating randomness.
Speaking of variables, AJ Allmendinger had to make a race-screwing extra pit stop because one of his seatbelts came loose during the race. WTF? AJ was rocking it, even led at one point, and then was on his radio “I think one of my belts just came loose.” You can’t really buckle yourself in while going 220 mph (not even sure you can belt yourself into an IndyCar at all, although you obviously can unbelt yourself very fast), so he had to pit. And you gotta pit in that situation because driving an IndyCar while not fully belted is just not an option.
Long Security Lines — IMS lets you bring your own cooler to the race. Combine that fact and the Boston Marathon bombing and you’ve got a recipe for big lines. From what I heard and read there were HUGE waits to get into the track this year that came from a combination of increased security and a late rush to get in. Here’s a story on it.
IMS has a nightmare on its hands. If they ban coolers, which are a sacred tradition at the race, they will be killed by the fans. If they don’t search the coolers and somebody sneaks in a bomb, well that’s disaster obviously. Think about it … a cooler. That's a lot of space for a motivated bomber to work with. And as we saw in Boston, the "nobody would do anything like that" line just isn't viable any more. In order to search a cooler right, you’d have to feel up all the beer to make sure it’s at least liquid, feel up all the sandwich bags etc. to make sure there’s nothing in there (like C4), it could take many minutes per cooler.
And a lot of people are always outraged at security procedures … right up until the moment a bomb goes off ... and then they are all outraged that security didn’t catch it. So IMS is going to need to work on spreading the word for fans to arrive early and have way more people searching coolers. This isn't something they can maybe do, they HAVE to do it, because nobody can force a pissed off fan to come back.
My idea: a no-cooler entrance line. Maybe they had that this year and I was unaware (I come in the media entrance). That would serve as an incentive for people to leave the coolers at home and buy beer at the track. Frankly, I’ve always been amazed that fans can bring coolers to the race. It’s great for fans, sure, but the revenue IMS loss has to be staggering, which is why no other major venue I can think of does it.
Green/White/Checked -- The race finished under yellow, so cue the argument for a green-white-checkered rule. Indy 500 fans are EXTREMELY tradition conscious, so some reacted with rage to the mere suggestion that it should be considered. I'm against it, simply because every single Indy 500 so far has been 200 miles [um, laps] (unless shortened by rain). Not 205 or 207.5. Making one longer than the rest messes up the string of 200-lap maximum 500s, and I don't think you want to mess up the string.
But, having said that, with the last two Indy 500's finishing under yellow if the trend doesn't stop the cry for GWC will just get louder and, IMO, harder to ignore.
Transcript below. Great race. Hope it looked good on TV.
Tony Kanaan/Jimmy Vasser Post-Race Transcript (courtesy of IMS PR)
THE MODERATOR: Tony, welcome. I couldn't help but think of the fact, going back to the 1950s, there was a popular driver named Sam Hanks, and in his 13th start was able to win. You have led nine races or so in a row. You have been in position to win. I think all of us could imagine the feeling that this time it's really going to happen. Take us through it.
TONY KANAAN: I don't know how to start. But we had a great car. I knew that from the get-go. We had a great plan. I mean, it's one of those days, man. Everything was so smooth.
Jimmy was calm. I was calm. Nobody yelling, anything. I felt it was everything under control.
But I had 11 times that I've been here the same thing. So when it was six laps to go, went yellow, I wasn't in the lead, I said, This might be the day, today might be the day, because I was in Ryan's position plenty of times.
I knew I had to get the lead on the restart because it could be a yellow, which happened to me plenty of times here, and it did. How life is funny. The yellow was my best friend.
People are saying he did it on purpose. Obviously not. I can see him mad out of the car. When he saw I was in the lead, he was shaking his head, like waving at me. It was special, very special.
I never had a doubt I could win this thing. I talked about it many times that I could do it or not, but this place is still going to be special. Today it worked.
It was a lot of numerology. If we talk about Jenna Fryer, Jimmy, Zanardi, I don't know, man. The 11 and 12 haunt us the entire month. I think we're going to be 1112 is going to be my number next year (laughter).
Every time I got married, I won a championship or a race. I'm OK, honey, I don't want to win anything anymore. I'm good (laughter).
THE MODERATOR: Jimmy, I don't think anything can possibly replace the thrill of winning as a racer, which you have done, but you have to have your sense in part of putting together a team with this guy who has been so close. It has to be a wonderful feeling.
JIMMY VASSER: Absolutely. I never won it as a driver. In fact, I couldn't win it as a driver, so I had to hire the right guy to do it, get a Baby Borg on my shelf.
Tony is the consummate professional. We set out as a team at the end of last year to focus on Indy. Instead of the whole series, the whole season, we took a chassis, in the old school name, called it a special, put it aside, worked on it. All credit to the boys. A lot of hard work over the winter, keeping things together. It's not an easy thing these days from a commercial standpoint.
I'd like to thank (indiscernible), bringing Simona, some of their group, to help finish out a two-car team, carry us through the winter.
Tony was right. The stars started lining up for us. We didn't hit race setup until about two hours to go. Most of you know Tony, but two hours to go on Sunday before the week was over, the worst car he had ever driven, ready to quit, hang up his boots. In a matter of 45 minutes, we hit on something, and it was the best car he ever had around here.
We knew at that point we had the right guy and the car was good enough, we'd have a great shot at it today.
THE MODERATOR: We'll open it up to questions.
Q: Tony, you were holding some medals. We couldn't hear the sound. What is the story behind the medals?
TONY KANAAN: I didn't have enough pockets for all the things my fans gave me to bring me luck. I probably have to bring a truck with me behind the car.
There was two things. Zanardi is here, as you know. He brought his Olympic gold medal. Right before the race, he gave it to Jimmy, Jimmy brought it to the bus. I was laying in bed. It was an hour before. Jim as I said, Zanardi asked you to rub it. I actually cuddled with the thing. Still in my bus.
Nine years ago, I went to make a visit in a hospital here in Indy. When I walked in, there was this girl. She was 14 years old. She just had a stroke. She was in a coma. She was going to get a surgery the next morning.
I had this thing that my mom gave me. It was kind of a necklace to protect me, not to bring me luck, because you know the way moms are. She tells me to race slow, which is kind of stupid, but...
So I took it out and I said to her mother, I don't know if you believe in these things, but I had this for a while. It always protect me. My mother gave it to me. I want to give it to you. She was like a life risk.
I gave it to her. She survived. She is doing really well. We kept in touch in the past years. This year, four days ago, she showed up, gave me a letter with an envelope. I opened the letter. Here it was. She said that she had enough of luck in her life, she got married, and she wanted to give it back to me to bring me luck.
So here it is. I think I'll retire that thing now.
Q: The old gang at Andretti Green Racing, you and Dario and Dan and Jimmy, you've all won now. Do you have a thought on that?
TONY KANAAN: I'm sorry?
Q: The old gang at Andretti Green.
TONY KANAAN: Bryan.
Q: You've all won now.
TONY KANAAN: Yeah, I guess Michael used to hire good drivers. Not 'used to,' he still does. Look at the result there.
But, no, we came from a generation, including Jimmy on that, our generation was really tough. At the time I was the youngest. They were the old dogs, the guys that set the example. Now actually here we are. I think Dario proved the old guys can still drive fast. I'm right next to it two years after him.
It's awesome. I think we showed it's so nice to make history like that, have good friends, have friends that really are winners.
I remember one day I was hanging with a team owner, I don't want to elaborate on it, but he said he only hang with winners because if you hang with losers, you become one. I guess it's pretty good.
Q: So you talked about the reception you got out there from other teams. You got the long hug from Dario. You have this crowd of fans out there that mobbed you as you came through. I know it's hard to put that all in perspective and talk about it, but this is a really popular win. What does that mean to be so well-regarded by everybody?
TONY KANAAN: Well, you know, first I think we can prove that theory that says that nice guys don't win. I guess we proved them wrong.
Second, the 11 number never won here, so we made another history. Somebody told me that this morning. I didn't know if it was a negative or positive.
I mean, this place, I've always said it, it's been special to me, and I meant that when I said that. I didn't have to win here. I said that out there. The fans, they actually spoiled me a little bit on my win. When I finished 11th here, starting dead last, I got out of the car and it was exactly the same.
I already had felt a little bit, I hadn't drinked the milk, kissed the bricks, but it means a lot to me, because so many people I can feel they wanted me to win. It's such a selfish thing to do because what are they getting from it? I'm the one that gets the trophy. If you can bring some joy to them, and I think the best thing was try to put an exciting race for them.
I said it before the race: I believed that this win was more for people out there than for me. I wanted it all my life. But over the years, I was kind of OK with the fact that I may never have a chance to win it. Then I started coming back here.
From day one, it catches me by surprise, I can't walk out there, I couldn't before, I don't know now, maybe it's going to get worse, the parade, everywhere, it's just unbelievable.
It's nice. I think wins are important, trophies are really nice, but what I'm going to take forever, it's definitely this.
Q: Tony, you're a student of the sport. I don't know if you had a chance to meet Lloyd Ruby or not. You had been linked with him as far as best drivers to never win the Indianapolis 500. To finally be rid of that title, talk about how well and relieved you feel.
TONY KANAAN: It wasn't a pressure. Robin Miller tried to hammer that every year that I was here (laughter).
Again, it's so hard to win a race. It's even harder to pick a race to win. I'm glad I put myself out of that group and put myself in the other group.
Before the race, it was very special. Parnelli came to me and said, "I want you to win." I'm like, "Whoa, all right." I've always admired the legends of this place. Rick Mears, A.J., Mario, Parnelli. It starts to get into you. Then to have these people telling you they want you to win, it's awesome.
I'm glad I'm on the other side and I can put my big nose on that trophy (smiling).
Q: Did you ever think the bad luck bug might get you as the laps were winding down? When Earnhardt won Daytona, that was such a popular victory. Does it almost feel like that, someone finally got something they've been longing for?
TONY KANAAN: The first question, I never thought about it until one lap to go. I started to check everything in my car. Do we have enough fuel, have four wheels (laughter)? You kind of go crazy. The Pace Car guy, whoever was on the side, this guy is actually celebrating. I'm like, Go, can you go quicker? It's going to be a long lap if you keep doing that.
Up until it went yellow, I didn't. Obviously, we're racing, trying to concentrate on that.
Your second question, I don't know, man. I was already in America when he did that. I thought it was so cool. I came down pit lane. It was not the same, but it was close. I saw a lot of teams and people that thought I really deserved to win. It was awesome. It's a great feeling.
Q: Tony, enough bad luck had come to you before. The first caution, when Graham brought out the caution, were you worried you wouldn't get a chance? When they did restart it, did you think, I'm going to have to go right now in case another caution comes out?
TONY KANAAN: I knew there was going to be time. You can tell the way they conduct the things, the Pace Car got really slow. We were going to finish the race under green. On top of that, I knew a yellow flag with six, seven, eight laps to go, it's a big potential for another yellow right away.
I didn't want to be in the lead because I knew I was going to get caught on the restart. Again, it fell through. I was in the perfect place, exactly where I want to be, right behind the leader, with three to go because I knew a potential yellow could happen. It happened. I guess it was right.
Q: Did you have to set that up at all or did you just go?
TONY KANAAN: You can't predict a yellow. I was second. When it went green, I went. I said, I'm going for the lead. I was going to try to lead the last three laps. I said, I want to be first, because if something happens, I know because I've been back there. Anytime it goes yellow 15 laps to go on, people just turn crazy. I've got caught on that at times. Then it's time to race.
Before you could see it, Please, Ryan, you go. Marco, you go. It's your turn. Rubens said that to me last year. Twenty laps to go, people turn mad. I said, No, then we start racing. I knew there was a big potential, that's why I did what I did.
Q: Jimmy, what makes Tony so special with all his rivals?
TONY KANAAN: I have plenty stories of you, too, Jimmy (laughter). Remember Italy?
JIMMY VASSER: Well, yes. Enough, enough (laughter).
He's been a leader of the drivers since he was younger, back in the days of Dario, Greg. Just a lot of camaraderie. He's always out there to help younger drivers coming up with different information. He's just a great leader of the drivers. That's why it's such a popular victory.
It's not just the drivers. I was blown away driving around in the pace car. Virtually everybody was still in the stands chanting, TK.
Q: Were you making love to the bricks or what?
TONY KANAAN: My wife was kissing the yard more than she was kissing me the entire freaking weekend. We have to see what's up with that (laughter). No, I don't know what I was doing. People ask me if I ever, like, thought how I was going to celebrate. I never wanted to think about it. I just went there and did whatever I wanted to do.
Q: When you finished 11th, was that the first time you knew the fans here at Indy had a lot of love for you or was there an earlier time?
TONY KANAAN: No, I think it started when I had a crash. I'm not going to recall the year. I had a suspension failure on the back straightaway. I was sitting in third place. I had led a bunch of laps. I ended up hitting the wall in Turn 3.
I got out of the car, the entire place was crazy. I think it was 2008. Ever since then, every year it kept growing and growing. Every year that went by that I didn't win, we kept growing the fan base. More people felt sorry. More people felt that I deserved to win.
I don't know. Got out of control actually. It's awesome. Now people probably aren't going to cheer for me anymore. Whatever, next (laughter).
Q: You were talking about numerology. You're going to be the 100th face etched on the Borg-Warner Trophy. Talk about what it's going to be like. How big of a critic are you going to be?
TONY KANAAN: He can't make me look as bad as I look already. I'm pretty sure it's going to be fine.
Q: But as far as the honor, the hundredth face.
TONY KANAAN: Again, it's just a number. Just to have my face there, it's a big deal. Jimmy would probably prefer if it's 112. I don't think I'll make it up to 112.
It's an honor just to be there, for sure.
Q: Tony, if the crash hadn't have happened, you had this 21-year-old kid that hadn't seen the speedway till two weeks ago, he was right on your tail ready to take over.
TONY KANAAN: It was good. He was going to learn a lot in the last two laps, I can tell you that (laughter). He was going to love this place, but he was going to have to come back.
He's a good kid. We go go-karting together in Miami. It's funny because Carb Day, he made a pass on me on the short chute. We don't do that very often. I didn't talk to him. I thought, 'This kid is good.' If he manages to finish the race, he's going to finish well. It was funny because in the race he got a hiccup in Turn 1. I put the same pass on him. Here you go, kid. With three to go, when I saw him behind me, I said, "All right, man, let's start the lessons here." But it went yellow, so...
Q: Professional sports, there always seems to be one figure who finally gets a championship. Do you already feel like there's that weight lifted after the 11 years?
TONY KANAAN: I don't know what to think. I mean, I don't know what to expect, what's coming. I'm going to enjoy it a lot. It's been a while that I haven't won a race actually. Usually you take it for granted sometimes. When you win very often, it's one more, you're thinking about the next one.
Obviously, this one is the biggest one I've ever have. Now I have a championship and an Indy 500. It's a huge, remarkable achievement for me. I mean, that proves that I can still race for a few more years. Our contract is up this year, so hopefully we'll find something. I don't want to go anywhere. I told Jimmy that before we had won anything. I have the people that I want to have.
I'm going to enjoy it, enjoy my life, enjoy my kid, that he hammered on me last week. He said, Dad, I'm 5 years old and I don't recall seeing you win a race. That was harsh. I told him to go to his grandma's house and look at all the trophies that I have won. It didn't go well with him. I can show him this one.
Q: Tony, this was a record-breaking 500 in many ways. Talk about the perspective from a driver's standpoint with so much uncertainty at the top with the lead changing almost every lap.
TONY KANAAN: It was a chess game. It's funny enough because I don't know how to play chess. I guess you play around.
It was just a good day for me. I mean, I was extremely confident. I never lost my focus. Jimmy was funny. Coming up to Lap 100, I was running second, he says, Next lap is 100. If you want to lead it, just letting you know. I was going to ask if there was any money for that.
JIMMY VASSER: There was.
TONY KANAAN: Allmendinger was a nose away from me, which is hard to do, but he did it (laughter).
It was just a good day. I was extremely confident. But I think with the past 11 years, I've been through everything here, I had none expectations. I said, you know what, we do what we can, put ourselves in a good position. I got yelled by Jimmy, Dude, I know you're showing off, but get back there because we need to save some fuel. I got to the front anytime I wanted to. That proved to me, if I put myself in the right position, everything else fell through, I was going to win. That's what happened.
Q: As a driver, do you like this style of racing? Are you a little bit frustrated, if you have a good car, leading you can't get away?
TONY KANAAN: I'm always a big fan of the best car wins the race, but that doesn't happen very often. I think the race for the fans, it was unbelievable. Obviously for me, we had a very few yellows. By the time we said, OK, this is the last stop. It was like: "Already? It wasn't like a long day."
It was a lot of action going on, a lot of people that didn't want to lead. People had a lot of experience here didn't want to lead. The rookies, I want to do this.
No, I wouldn't change anything. I think the competition has been extremely tough. I hate fuel-mileage races. This is a 500-mile race. There's no way you're not going to play that strategy anyway. If you say all our races are going to be like that, I totally disapprove. I know for a fact they're not. Here, it's three, four hours, so anything can happen.
Q: Can you take us through a sense from the last two years of what it takes to get here at Indy, almost not having a ride?
TONY KANAAN: It's a big reward. If it wasn't for Kevin, Jimmy, (indiscernible) putting this sponsorship together, I wouldn't be here. We got a call seven days before St. Pete three years ago. We kept insisting, we knew we could do this. These are hard times for everybody. I've always asked myself, Why do I deserve better than somebody else?
My career, it's pretty successful. I raced for a big team, prime time. I had four awesome teammates that we enjoyed a lot. I won a lot of races. I was grateful for that. So I never felt sorry for myself.
It was just a situation. This is life. It's plenty of ups and downs. You've got to go for it. You take the opportunities. If you're fortunate enough, I believe if you're a good person, good things will come to you.
We've been surviving. We have our struggles. We fight. We're going to fight for the pace car now, who is going to have it, all that stuff.
JIMMY VASSER: Chip didn't give me the Pace Car.
TONY KANAAN: He gave Zanardi a car.
So, yeah, it's rewarding. It shows that if you never give up, many good things might happen for you.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you very much. Congratulations.
TONY KANAAN: Thank you.