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It was Vasser who brought Zanardi's medal to Kanaan before the race, telling his driver that Zanardi wanted him to rub it for good luck.

In all, Kanaan went into Sunday's race with 221 laps led at Indy more than any non winner except Michael Andretti and Rex Mays but his second place finish to Buddy Rice in 2004 was the closest he had come to victory. He had a pair of third place finishes, including last year, again to Franchitti.

"I wanted it all my life, but over the years I was kind of OK with the fact that I may never have the chance to win."

inside leader Ryan Hunter Reay to roar to the lead where he wanted to be in case another caution came out.

His chance came at the end of a history making race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Kanaan knew he had to pounce at the green flag for the final restart with three laps to go. He did, zipping Nike Free 5.0 Size 12

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Carlos Munoz, a 21 year old rookie making his first IndyCar start, finished second and Hunter Reay was third.

"Finally he's able to win this race. He's so close so many times, but the good news is the good old boys are still able to run fast," Castroneves said.

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The losers were pleased with the outcome, 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.

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"I tell you I'm starting to think (the medal) really works," said Zanardi, who lost his legs in a 2001 crash in Germany. "It's a dream come true to see Tony win, Free Runs Black And White

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He flipped up his visor to wipe away tears as the crowd roared its approval, and then in Victory Lane gave his bride of two months a long kiss and poured the celebratory winner's milk over his head.

the pit wall as Kanaan took the checkered flag.

Only there was no racing on the last lap. Franchitti brought out the caution seconds after Kanaan passed Hunter Reay for the last of 68 lead changes exactly double last year's record.

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Fellow Brazilian Helio Castroneves, like Franchitti shooting for a record tying fourth Indy win, was happy for his long time friend.

"I never won it as a Nike Free Rn Gs driver. In fact, I couldn't win it as a driver," Vasser said, "so I had to hire the right guy to do it, get a baby Borg on my shelf," referring to the winner's Borg Warner trophy.

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to see Jimmy Vasser win, my dear friend. I'm so happy, I'm so happy."

"It means a lot to me because so many people, I could feel that they wanted me to win, and it's such a selfish thing to do because what are they getting from it?" Kanaan said. "I'm the one who gets the trophy. I believed that this win was more for people out there than for me.

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Marco Andretti finished fourth, failing to win for the eighth time, and Justin Wilson was fifth in the highest finishing Honda on a day that was dominated by Chevrolet. Castroneves was sixth. Pole sitter Ed Carpenter led a race high 37 laps and finished 10th.

Kanaan had his fair share of chances to win at Indy, but came up short time and time again. He was leading when the rain came in 2007, only to lose to Franchitti when the race resumed.

"It's wonderful for him," said Mario Andretti, himself a victim of bad luck at Indy. "He's raced here long enough that he deserves it, no question."

The fans thought so, too, standing on their feet, screaming "TK! TK! TK!" as 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.

Vasser, caught in the middle as a driver during the political fighting in open wheel racing, only got the chance to run Indy eight times in his career and not during his prime. He had goose bumps on the celebratory lap with Kanaan as the crowd chanted the driver's name.

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On the final lap, the leaders came to the finish line all bunched up around Kanaan, saluting the IndyCar stalwart who had longed to add the final missing piece to his resume. That was about as slow as anyone had driven all day. The average speed was 187.433 mph, another Indy record.

It will be one adorned with Kanaan's likeness, and the driver joked he could finally "put my big nose on that trophy."

"I actually cuddled with the thing," Kanaan admitted.

"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."

"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," Kanaan said. "How funny is life? The yellow was my best friend."

The win for Kanaan and car owner Vasser was celebrated throughout the paddock. Alex Zanardi, who came from Italy to watch the race and gave Kanaan one of his 2012 London Paralympics medals as good luck, wept behind Purple Nike Free Run

INDIANAPOLIS Tony Kanaan had one more lap, one anticlimactic last lap under the yellow caution flag, to end 12 years of frustration in the Indianapolis 500.

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´╗┐Tony Kanaan of Brazil wins the Indy 500

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