• Ed Carpenter leads the field as the cross the start/finish line on the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
  • Ed Carpenter leads the field into the first turn at the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
  • Ed Carpenter leads the field through the first turn at the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)
  • A fly-over of historic war planes during the National Anthem makes it was over the track before the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
  • Marco Andretti drives through the first turn during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)
  • CORRECTS THAT ACCIDENT IS DURING THE RACE - James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, bottom, goes under as JR Hildebrand hits the wall in the first turn during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis Sunday May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Friel)
  • El colombiano Carlos Mu�oz se detiene en los pits durante las 500 Millas de Indian�polis en el �valo Indianapolis Motor Speedway de Indian�polis, el domingo 26 de mayo de 2013. Mu�oz, novato de 21 a�os, termin� en segundo lugar. (Foto AP/Darron Cummings)
  • El piloto brasile�o Tony Kanaan pasa la primera curva durante las 500 Millas de Indianapolis en la Indianapolis Motor Speedway el domingo, 26 de mayo del 2013. Kanaan gan� la carrera por rpimera vez. (Foto AP/Tom Strattman)
  • Tony Kanaan, second from right, of Brazil, passes Ryan Hunter-Reay (1) on the 197th lap to takes the lead on his way to winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, (26) finished second, Ray finished third, and Marco Andretti (25) finished fourth. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
  • Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, drives through the first turn during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)
  • AJ Allmendinger drives through the first turn during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, pumps his fist in front of Marco Andretti to celebrate after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
  • San Francisco 49ers head football coach Jim Harbaugh talks with fans as he poses for photos in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 25, 2013, next to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray he will drive to lead the field for the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
  • Ed Carpenter leads the field into the first turn on the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Teams, including those of Australia's Will Power (12) and Brazil's Helio Castroneves (3), pit during a yellow flag on lap 58 of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
  • Takuma Sato, of Japan, spins in the second turn during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Sato made no contact and returned to the race. (AP Photo/John Maxwell)
  • Dario Franchitti, left, of Scotland, hits the wall on the first turn in front of Takuma Sato, of Japan, to bring out the final caution during Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Hemmer)
  • The crew of Takuma Sato, of Japan, changes his tires after Sato spun during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Robert Baker)
  • Ed Carpenter, front, leads Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, center, and Marco Andretti into the first turn in the opening laps of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, (11) takes the lead from Ryan Hunter-Reay(1) on the 197th lap on his way winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Justin Wilson (19), of England, finished fifth. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, makes a pit stop during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Parker)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, celebrates on the start/finish line after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, poses during the traditional photo session for the winner of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 27, 2013. Kanaan won his first Indy 500 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: 2013 Indianapolis 500 Champion Tony Kanaan of Brazil, driver of the Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet, wraps himself in the winner's quilt and pretends to sleep on the yard of bricks during the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Trophy Presentation and Champions Portrait Session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kanaan earned his first Indy 500 victory by winning the 97th running of the race. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 27: 2013 Indianapolis 500 Champion Tony Kanaan of Brazil, driver of the Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet, poses with the Borg Warner Trophy at the yard of bricks during the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Trophy Presentation and Champions Portrait Session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kanaan earned his first Indy 500 victory by winning the 97th running of the race. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, poses with the Borg-Warner Trophy during the traditional photo session for the winner of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 27, 2013. Kanaan won his first Indy 500 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, left, clowns with newspaper delivery man Chuck Lynn after Lynn gave Kanaan the newspaper featuring his photo during the traditional photo session for the winner of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 27, 2013. Kanaan won his first Indy 500 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, jumps into the arms of crewman Kyle Sagan during the traditional photo session for the winner of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 27, 2013. Kanaan won his first Indy 500 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, kisses the Borg-Warner Trophy as he poses during the traditional photo session for the winner of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 27, 2013. Kanaan won his first Indy 500 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
  • Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, celebrates with winners milk after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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