Indy 500 – Dario Franchitti Wins His 3Rd 500-mile Chase at IMS

The Scottish disciplinarian started 16th in today’s 96th active of the Indianapolis 500 but finishedit first, captivation off a bent allegation by Japan’s Takumo Satoon the final lap to win a back-and-forth, arresting editionof the Indy 500.

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With a lap to go, Sato went forit, bolting for the central and the lead.

But he absent ascendancy of his car and spun out. Franchitti swooped by and won beneath caution. It’s his third win at Indianapolis; he additionally claimed achievement in 2007 and 2010.

“I aloof demand to address this to Indianapolis and to Dan Wheldon,” he said of aftermost year’s Indy 500 champ who was dead in aftermost season’s Indy Car alternation afterpiece in Las Vegas. “Thank you to this Target team. Thank you to Honda as well. These guys formed so hard.

“To be on the Borg-Warner Trophy beside Dan, that agency everything,” Franchitti added.

The win elevates Franchitti intoelite company: he joins Louis Meyer, Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose,Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser and Helio Castroneves as three-time winners of the race.

“I’m actual appreciative of the achievements, whether it’s Indy wins, championships, every one of the chase wins,” Franchitti said.

Scott Dixon, Franchitti¡¯s Ganassiteammate, commutual with the closing champ in absolute agreement for abundant of the additional bisected of the race. The duo traded off the advance nine times over the aftermost 50 laps, drafting off anniversary added and blocking a acreage of drivers in hotpursuit. Following Sato’s last-lapcrash, Dixon would accomplishment second.

Tony Kanaan, the fan favorite, was one of those drivers block Franchitti and Dixon during the homestretch of the race. Kanaan drew some of the loudest acclaim of the afternoonwhen he abject from fifth into the advance afterwards a restart with 13 laps to go.

“I’m like damn, area did you appear from?” Franchitti said of Kanaan jumping in front.

In the end, though, he artlessly couldn’t authority off the Ganassi duo. He captivated on for third but walks abroad winless in Indy again. After, he said he was OK with the final result.

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