Tony Kanaan was hoping his luck would change at this year's Indianapolis 500.
Not a chance.
The hard-luck Brazilian was passed by both of Chip Ganassi's drivers on the final restart of the race, losing the lead on lap 195 and settling for third place behind Dario Franchitti and runner-up Scott Dixon. It was his fifth top-10 finish in 11 career starts at Indy.
For Kanaan, it was another bitter ending.
His team owner, Jimmy Vasser, thought Kanaan did an incredible job putting the No. 11 car in position for the win.
Tony Kanaan has been called just about every name in the book.
Fan favorite, pole-sitter, race-day favorite, race leader, even the last starter on the grid.
For Kanaan, the past decade of Indianapolis has been filled with close calls, bad luck and frustration.
But he keeps coming back to this 2.5-mile oval because he loves the race and its fans, and he figures eventually, the...
With the help of Dario Franchitti, Bryan Herta, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, SPEED.com honors the reigning 500 champion for what he was: A beast around Indy.