Dario Franchitti wins 2012 Indy 500 Race
Dario Franchitti, again driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, won his third Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500) trophy on Sunday, May 27, 2012 after Japanese competitor Takuma Sato attempted to make a last minute costly move that sent him veering into a wall. Franchitti’s New Zealand team mate Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 winner, crossed the line second while Brazil’s Tony Kanaan was third.
As featured at ABC that day, Scottish car race driver Dario Franchitti was declared the 2012 Indy 500 winner averaging 167.734 miles an hour. This was his third time winning the race after he first won in 2007 and the second time in 2010. He missed the 2008 Indy 500 to pursue a NASCAR career.
“I’m very proud of the achievements, whether it’s Indy wins, championships, every one of the race wins. Sometimes I look back, but generally I’m trying to look forward. When I retire, that’s the time to look back,” Dario Franchitti said.
“What a race. I think Dan Wheldon would be proud of this one. This means the world, this is Indianapolis. To be on this trophy either side of Dan (Wheldon), that means more than anything,” he added.
Dan Wheldon, one of Franchitti’s closest friends, won the Indy 500 in dramatic circumstances in May of last year but was killed in a season-ending race in Las Vegas.
Close competitor Japanese driver Takuma Sato was seen trying pass Franchitti at Turn 1 of the last lap of the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, his persistence failed when his car went spinning and was sent to the outside wall and crashed which eventually landed him on the 17th spot.
“I was going for the win. I had a good tow from Dario and I thought I had the job done. But he kept pushing and didn’t give me enough room,” Sato said.
Franchitti’s wife, Hollywood actress, Ashley Judd joined the celebration calling the win “such an extraordinary achievement” for her husband. Dario delighted the crowd by pouring the traditional bottle of milk over his head.
Dario Franchitti became only the 10th driver to win at least three Indy 500s and all three of those victories have come under caution.