The thrill of victory at the Indianapolis 500 is an unparalleled experience for any IndyCar driver, and for former winner Tony Kanaan, his 2013 triumph holds a special place in his heart.
Kanaan, a Brazilian racing driver, cherishes his Indy 500 victory as the sweetest of them all. The race holds deep personal significance for him, as he lost his father at the tender age of 13. Together, they would watch the iconic event, and before his father passed away, he extracted a promise from Tony - that one day he would win the race and kiss the famous Yard of Bricks at the finish line.
In an interview with 16 Sports, Tony Kanaan shared his sentiments about the significance of winning in Indianapolis and the motivation that drives him to succeed once again.
"That was the best moment of my life," Kanaan expressed with genuine emotion. "It's so hard to accomplish, regardless of what you say, what you think, what you dream. It was just a relief. I was like, 'You know what, check, it's done.' I don't need to do anything else in my career from now on. That is complete. So that was the feeling. Relief."
The pride and fulfillment Kanaan experienced were deeply intertwined with his promise to his late father. He shared, "I was proud. I was thinking, 'Dad, wherever you are, I hope you're proud because I lived up to my promise.' So, it was a sensation of mission accomplished."
As Kanaan gears up for this year's Indy 500, he has announced that it will be his final appearance in the prestigious race. Racing enthusiasts can witness the thrilling event live on Sunday, with WNDU providing comprehensive coverage. The pre-race program kicks off at 11 a.m., followed by the race itself at 12:30 p.m. Those seeking additional pre-race coverage can tune into Peacock starting at 9 a.m.
Tony Kanaan's journey in the world of IndyCar racing has been marked by determination, passion, and the pursuit of a promise made long ago. As he prepares to bid farewell to the Indy 500, fans and spectators alike eagerly await the final chapter of his storied career, filled with memories, triumphs, and the fulfillment of a heartfelt pledge.