Tony Kanaan wins his first Indianapolis 500

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Tony Kanaan has won the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. Carlos Munoz finished second and Ryan Hunter-Reary came in third.

In a race that featured an astonishing 68 race-record lead changes among a race-record 14 drivers, Kanaan cruised to the checkered flag in front of more than 300,000 of his new-found closest Twitter friends and a global TV/radio audience. Kanaan, who completed the straight flush with the victory (he’s finished first through fifth), wiped tears from his eyes as he guided the Chevrolet-powered No. 11 Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology/SH Racing car to the waiting Bog-Warner Trophy.

“That last lap was the longest of my life,” said Kanaan, who started 12th and led 34 laps. “I got a little bit of luck today and this is for the fans. I was looking at the stands (on the cool-down lap) and it was unbelievable.

Several drivers crashed including JR Hildebrand, Sebastian Saavedra and Graham Rahal.

Kanaan now has a head start in the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown competition, which will award a $1 million bonus to the driver who wins the Indianapolis 500, the July 7 race at Pocono Raceway and the Oct. 19 season finale at Auto Club Speedway.

Failing a sweep on the big ovals, a driver who wins two of the three races will receive $250,000.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway contributed to this report