Carpenter, Kanaan round out podium for final IndyCar 2013 race

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Lost in the shuffle of the title, the race win and the attrition war around them in IndyCar’s 2013 curtain closer were the two remaining podium finishers on Saturday night.

Ed Carpenter came up just shy of his third consecutive season finale victory in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, while Tony Kanaan rounded out his career at KV Racing Technology – SH shy of the $250,000 bonus on offer from Fuzzy’s had he won a second race in the Triple Crown (Indianapolis 500 his first).

Carpenter lost out to Will Power despite gaining on him toward the finish. Had he won, he would have been the 11th different winner in the 2013 season, which would have tied a record. As it is, Carpenter matches his car number in becoming the 20th different driver to score a podium this year.

“We came in the pits the last time, and took some downforce off the rear wing to get more straightaway speed for the finish. And it was working; it got us to second,” said Carpenter.

“Will (Power) was real fast the few three or four laps out of a yellow. Then we started reeling him in and we just ran out of laps. If it had gone a little further, I thought we could have caught him.”

Carpenter led only a single lap in the 250-lap race while Kanaan, who started ninth and finished third, led three during a pit stop exchange earlier in the race.

“It was a hard race,” Kanaan said. “I had a couple of scary moments out there, but the engineers made adjustments almost every stop and the guys did a great job in the pits. In the end, we just didn’t have enough to win. It was a great feeling to give the team a podium finish in our last race.”

Kanaan’s KVRT teammate Simona de Silvestro posted her best career result on an oval, eighth, to secure her fifth straight top-10 finish heading into the offseason.