Tony Kanaan ended his 12 years of winning drought with one anticlimactic last lap as he win the Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan is a champion at last. It was one of Indy's most popular victories.
The losing drivers were pleased with the win, evidenced by a scene similar to rivals lining up to congratulate Dale Earnhardt when he finally won the Daytona 500 on his 20th try. Dario Franchitti, whose crash brought out the race-ending caution, stood grinning by his crumpled car, two thumbs up as Kanaan passed under yellow.
"When I saw who was leading, it cheered me up a little bit,'' said Franchitti, last year's winner. ''He's a very, very deserving winner."
The fans gave him a standing ovation as they scream "TK! TK! TK!" when he and team owner Jimmy Vasser went by during the traditional victory lap. It felt magical to Kanaan, like he had given the crowd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway a gift.