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May 27, 2013

Indy runner-up headed back to the minors

INDIANAPOLIS — Carlos Munoz finished second in the Indianapolis 500 as a 21-year-old rookie.

Now, it’s back to the minors.

What a bummer!

Munoz finished behind Tony Kanaan in a thrilling race Sunday that finished under a yellow flag, silencing the skeptics who fretted the young Colombian merely had a fast car but not nearly enough experience to handle his IndyCar debut on such a challenging track.

He stayed out of trouble all day and handled his car skillfully in traffic, leading five times for a total of 12 laps.

But this was a one-off for Munoz in the IndyCar series, at least for now. His main job is driving for Michael Andretti’s team in Indy Lights, a struggling developmental series that has only about 10 regular competitors.

That will remain his primary focus.

“I don’t know. Maybe Michael will have something,” Munoz said. “But right now, Indy Lights is still my main program. It still will be. We’ll see what happens.”

After Graham Rahal’s car smashed the inside wall, Munoz took the green flag in third place with three laps to go. Kanaan slipped around Ryan Hunter-Reay for the lead, and the Colombian got past his teammate for the second spot.

He would get no higher.

Dario Franchitti slammed the wall and brought out another yellow, effectively ending the race. Kanaan drove the last 2 1-2 laps under caution, essentially a victory parade that allowed him to be saluted by the big crowd on Memorial Day weekend.

All Munoz could do was follow him across the line.

“I was a bit sad inside the car,” the runner-up said. “I was not really happy. I prefer to finish the race fighting for the win. Maybe it would work out, maybe not, but I would prefer a checkered flag to see if I had a shot.”

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