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 racing spirits might show some empathy for him, too.
''I don't think I've had a bad memory here,'' he says with that confident smile and playful chuckle. ''I've just got to think things happen for a reason.''
Whatever the reason, Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar champ, has been the king of hard knocks at Indy.
- In 2004, he was leading until a pit stop on lap 133, then ran second until Buddy Rice passed him on lap 150. Thirty laps later, a storm sent Rice to Victory Lane and Kanaan to a post-race news conference as the runner-up.
- In 2007, he was leading on lap 113 when the rain came. After a lengthy wait in wh...