Dario Franchitti celebrates his win on a hot day with some cold milk. (photo courtesy of INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Dario Franchitti has won the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.
It's the third win for the Scotland native as he becomes the tenth driver to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing three times. The win comes as the entire racing community celebrates the life of Franchitti's friend Dan Wheldon. Wheldon's wife Susie joined Franchitti in celebration in Victory Lane and also on the ceremonial parade lap following the race.
"I tell you what, she's a stronger person that I am to come here," Franchitti said. "She knows better than anyone how much Dan loved Indy, and how much Indy loved Dan. But to be here and to go through all those emotions, so when we saw her, Ashley and I were saying it'd be cool for Suz to come."
Franchitti had the lead heading into the final lap just ahead of Takuma Sato before Sato crashed into the wall between turns one and two. Because of the crash, the race ended under a yellow flag.
Franchitti's Target Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon finished second followed by fan favorite Tony Kanaan in third. Oriol Servia, who started in the 27th position, finished fourth. Polesitter Ryan Briscoe rounded out the top five.
A new record was set as there were 35 lead changes in the race. The previous record was 29. However, the temperatures did not reach a record high as expected. The National Weather Service says the high for Sunday was 91 degrees, which ties for the second hottest Indianapolis 500 in history.
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