Bryant earns first-ever victory at the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
May 31, 2013 | By HPAC Magazine
Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems has earned its first-ever victory at the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race since beginning its participation in auto racing in 1958. Bryant-sponsored Tony Kanaan led a total of 34 laps on the way to his first victory in his 12th appearance at the fabled “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Bryant is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. Bryant, which is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, is the longest-standing non-automotive sponsor at the Indianapolis 500. Legends such as Eddie Sachs, Rodger Ward, Cale Yarborough, Scott Brayton, Chip Ganassi, Stan Fox and Janet Guthrie have all run under the Bryant Racing banner, earning a total of 16 previous race victories on other tracks. Kanaan became the 68th driver to win the May Classic after a grueling battle featuring a record-high 68 lead changes.
“This is the biggest wins of my career,” said Kanaan after the race. “I knew at the beginning [of the race] that we had a great car – I knew that from the get-go. We had a great plan and it was just one of those days. Everything was so smooth. This place has always been special to me, so to finally earn a win here is just unbelievable.”
For Bryant, the Indianapolis 500 provides the ideal backdrop to bring a large contingency of dealers from across North America to the Circle City. During the weekend, Bryant announces its Circle of Champions (no Canadians in the circle this year, unfortunately), which are Bryant Factory Authorized Dealers that are judged on overall Bryant-branded product sales growth, high-efficiency and indoor air quality equipment sales, customer satisfaction and participation in various dealer programs and promotions.