I’m a year-round sports fan. But when it comes to car racing, I have a confession to make.

I don’t like motorsports. If it’s on television, I’ll turn the channel. I’ve just never been attracted to racing that doesn’t involve running.

But it’s a sport and the world revolves around athletics, right? There’s beauty in competition of every kind as far as I’m concerned.

There are also lessons from sports that can be applied to everyday life. I found a tidbit from motorsports history that takes the checkered flag as a teachable moment.

On May 26, 2013, Tony Kanaan ended years of frustration by finally winning the Indianapolis 500. Kanaan drove past Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart with three laps to go, then coasted across the finish line under yellow when defending race winner Dario Franchitti crashed far back in the field.

The Brazilian finished second in 2004 and twice finished third. He finally reached his goal at Indy.

The moral of this story is never give up. Don’t ever give up.

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