Chevy V6 Engine Drives Tony Kanaan To First Indy 500 VictoryTuesday, May 28, 2013 6:37 by Arman Barari
The famous Lebanese-Brazilian Indy driver Tony Kanaan finally enjoys his first Indianapolis 500 win in 2013 with Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology team, powered by Chevrolet’s 2.2 liter V6 engine. The man had waited long enough for this and the fact that he took the checkered flag with the race under caution doesn’t make it any less special.
This victory was also quite remarkable for Chevrolet, and not just because they’ve done a cracking job with the 2.2 liter direct injected twin turbo charged purpose-built IndyCar engine. Last time they won the title was back in 2002. In total, Chevrolet has eight Indy 500 wins under its belt.
Another Chevy-powered team, Unistraw Andretti Autosport, and their rookie driver Carlos Munoz also showed great performance at this year’s race, finishing second and leading five times for 12 laps. Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, was third at the checkered flag after leading 13 times for a total of 26 laps. Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, finished fourth to give Andretti Autosport a 2-3-4 finish in today’s race.
Kanaan was very pleased that his first Indy 500 win was in such a dramatic race that saw 68 lead changes among 14 drivers, and included 21 laps under the yellow flag. It was one of the most spectacular Indy races of all time.
“Congratulations to Tony Kanaan and the No. 11 Chevrolet-powered KV Racing Technology team for winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Tony drove a great race, and the team executed flawlessly. Their total focus was on driving to the front of the field. Tony and the No. 11 team demonstrated tremendous teamwork, perseverance and a never-give-up-attitude all day.”