A car sponsored by HVAC maker Bryant was the winner at the May 26 Indianapolis 500.

Driver Tony Kanaan led for 34 laps before crossing the finish line. This is the first time a Bryant-sponsored driver has won the race. Bryant has been involved in auto racing for 58 years.

“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.”

Bryant brought in a large group of factory-authorized dealers to see the race and hand out its Circle of Champions awards. Fifty-five dealers won the award, which is given out for sales, customer service and program participation. Fifteen dealers were also given the Metal of Excellence from Bryant.

“Bryant has been a part of the Indianapolis 500 for a long time and we couldn’t be more pleased with Sunday’s result,” said Chris Nelson, president of residential and commercial systems at Bryant. “Tony had a fantastic race and much like Bryant’s ‘Whatever It Takes’ philosophy, he ran strong all day and put himself in the right position on the final laps to take the win. We’re proud of him and we look forward to going for two in a row next season. The Indianapolis 500 provides a unique setting for us to recognize our Bryant dealers. The entire weekend is a way to celebrate them and this year, Tony gave us the ultimate icing on the cake.”

Bryant is a part of United Technologies Corp.’s UTC Climate, Controls and Security company.