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By now, you’ve probably seen the video: 12 former Indy 500 champions reliving the biggest racing achievement of their lives…

Not your typical Indy 500 advertisement, but it works in all the right ways. Well done, NBC.

Among the drivers interviewed was 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and fan favorite, Tony Kanaan. Kanaan joined The Fan Morning Show on Tuesday to talk about his reaction to the footage.

“We do media day every year and during one of the interviews, they said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna show you a video. Just let us know what you think’. And it’s hard, man,” Kanaan told Jeff and Big Joe. “I mean, obviously, us as drivers–especially guys that won that race like myself, like [Scott] Dixon, [Simon] Pagenaud–we don’t watch that. You know what I mean? You won the race, it’s awesome. It’s the biggest achievement of your life, but we don’t go back home and keep watching that race everyday like, ‘oh, I’m so great.’”

Kanaan took the checkered flag in the 97th Indianapolis 500–the fastest on record at 187.43 mph–under caution. He became just the 4th Brazilian to win the 500-mile race, doing so in his 12th attempt.

“It caught all of us by surprise. You saw the reaction. Even the old-timers – Mario [Andretti], Parnelli [Jones], even Dixon, he’s the Iceman but he’s [got] tears in his eyes – but it was awesome,” Kanaan said. “And that tells you how big and how important this race is for us.”

Tony Kanaan will start his 19th Indianapolis 500 from Row 8 on Sunday.


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