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Five things you didn’t know about Indy

1. The Kanaan rules

If you didn’t like Tony Kanaan before Sunday, you should now. The guy can race.Tony Kanaan

The fiery Brazilian nearly became the fourth driver to start 33rd and finish second. The last driver to accomplish that feat was Scott Goodyear in 1992, when he finished second to Al Unser Jr. in the event’s closest finish.

Were it not for bad luck on  fuel strategy, Kanaan likely would have finished second or better. Racer winner Dario Franchitti said Kanaan was the driver he was most worried about catching him. All told, Kanaan passed the most cars of anyone — 22 — and finished 11th.

2. English on parade

For a while, English drivers owned the top three spots, a feat that never has been accomplished by foreign drivers at Indy. But track officials took it away when they realized the error in their ways. After initially giving Marco Andretti fifth place, they moved him back up to third after it was discovered that he was passed illegally on the last-lap yellow.

Before the correction, the English took the top three spots with Franchitti, Dan Wheldon and Alex Lloyd.  Instead the Brits had to settle for four of the top-seven spots.

3. Rule of 10s

A car with the No. 10 never had won at Indy until today. Why does that matter? I don’t know. But they keep stats on these sorts of things.

4. Always the bridesmaid…

Dan Wheldon finished second in back-to-back years. Panther Racing has taken second in each of the past three years.Dan Wheldon

In eight races with three teams at Indy, Wheldon has a win, two seconds, a third- and a fourth-place finish.

5. Hail of bullets

  • Think Dario was dominant on Sunday? He was, but not according to the record books. His 155 laps led was only the ninth highest total for a race winner. It was the most since 2000 winner Juan Montoya, also a Ganassi driver, led 167 laps.
  • You can boo Danica Patrick all you want, but she has five top-10 finishes in six Indy starts including her sixth-place finish Sunday.
  • Chip Ganassi is the first car owner to win the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 in the same year. So, where’s his $20 million?

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