Dan Wheldon's bad luck turned into another victory for Tony Kanaan.
Kanaan saw Wheldon's right rear tire going flat after a tangle with Buddy Rice's car and grabbed the lead to himself before holding off Sam Hornish Jr. in a 12-lap shootout Saturday night in the Firestone Indy 200.
It gave Kanaan his third victory of the season, and he said he felt sorry for his teammate who probably had a better car than he did at the Nashville Superspeedway.
"His start was perfect. He made a decision on the setup I didn't believe would work, and it definitely worked pretty well. The beginning of the race I was thinking I should've gone that way," Kanaan said.
"Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn't go your way. Tonight it wasn't his fault. But he was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Kanaan led only those final 19 laps, but that was enough to pad his lead in the IndyCar Series points race from 28 points to 61 over Wheldon, his Andretti Green Racing teammate. Kanaan also won at Phoenix and Texas.
Hornish Jr., driving for the Marlboro Team Penske team that won here last year with Gil de Ferran, tried to chase Kanaan down. Hornish appeared to be ready to pass Kanaan on the backstretch of the final lap but couldn't finish and lost his momentum.
"I knew if I didn't make it work that I would have to get way out of the throttle and that someone might get a run on me, so I wanted to save it," Hornish said.
Hornish finished second ahead of teammate Helio Castroneves, who was third for a second straight year here. Darren Manning was fourth with a Toyota engine, followed by Townsend Bell with a Chevrolet engine.
Rice, the pole sitter who was trying for his second straight victory, led 52 laps before losing the lead to Wheldon, who gambled on a pit stop on Lap 165 by not taking any tires on the IRL's only concrete track and beat everyone out of the pits.
Rice tried to duck under Wheldon on the restart only to find himself bumping tires in Turn 2, damaging the nose of his car. He finished sixth and said he raced side by side at Kansas with no problems.
"He didn't want me to go to the inside, and he pushed my car onto the apron and we touched," Rice said. "We should have had a solid finish tonight, but there are some people who think otherwise. I think there should have been some racing room, and they didn't want to give any."