Originally Posted by Motorcyclist
I was there, the leaders (a number of them) were swapping the lead at will throughout the race. When TK would take the lead, the roar from the crowd was enormous.
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"Nine years ago at the Indianapolis 500, Kanaan learned of the plight of a girl called Andrea Brown, who was in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, preparing for a life or death brain operation.Kanaan - then the IndyCar champion and multiple race winner - visited her at her hospital bedside and gave her his good luck charm, a small medallion he always carried with him during races, telling her it would bring her good luck during her operation.
Young Andrea's operation was a success, and nine years later, aged 24, she heard about Kanaan's luckless run at Indianapolis and sent the lucky medal back to Kanaan via overnight mail so it reached him at the circuit in time for the race. The arrival of the medal caused Kanaan to burst into tears. The message was simple: "Here's your good luck charm back. You take it and win the Indianapolis 500".
And Kanaan, with that lucky medal safely tucked away inside a pocket in his race suit, went on and did just that, capping off a remarkable story at the end of a remarkable motor race."