Tony Kanaan soaks up the experience leading up to last Indianapolis 500
On a perfect May morning, there was hardly a sound as Tony Kanaan looped the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As the sunlight began to creep over the pagoda and cast its warm glow on the yard of bricks, Kanaan along with a handful of other drivers, teammates and track personnel hit the pavement on two wheels, riding the two-and-a-half mile track on their bicycles ahead of the day's practice.
Kanaan is no stranger to Indianapolis. He's been a household name since he won the Indianapolis 500 in 2013. His racing career has brought him to the oval 22 times, and this year will be his last lap.
"As a team, I think we have one goal," Kanaan said. "Have one of these four cars in victory circle. That is goal number one."
But for him, the mission is to soak it all in on his final ride.
"I think life is about experiences and I am experiencing something extremely special," Kanaan said. "I probably don't want it to end. I cried a few times yesterday. Not today, yet. But it's going to be like that probably until Sunday, Monday and so on. I am trying to enjoy it as much as I can. Cry as little as I can."
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As typical of Hoosier hospitality, Kanaan points his gratitude to all his fans, and promises a show as he races the 500 one last time.
"Thank you is not enough," he said. "So the only thing I can do is, I am going to give you guys a thrill. I am going to leave everything out there. I am going to give my life and soul to put on a good show. If that's a P1, we'll celebrate. If it's not, we'll celebrate as well. It's been great."