In a record-breaking race for lead changes, the Indy 500 was won by Dario Franchitti. Indycar race fans faced sweltering heat to watch a good race full of passing without the assistance of a Drag Reduction System (DRS) and even got to hear Marco Andretti go ballistic on the radio and then hit the wall and the two Lotus cars black flagged for being slow. Either way, a good race for fans and non-fans alike and an impressive turnout given the heat and lack of Jim Neighbors.

It is his 3rd Indy 500 win and places the image of friend Dan Wheldon in a Franchitti sandwich on the Borg-Warner trophy.  It was Dario’s third Indy 500 win under caution and he held of an impatient Takuma Sato who was running 2nd and had every chance to win the race on the last lap and hit the wall on an aggressive passing attempt.

A great win for Franchitti who was 33rd after the first pit stop of the race but came all the way back to win it.  Great job Dario! Dario said he was reading Johnny Rutherford’s book and the indy legend was wishing him the best and wanted him to join the 3-time club.

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Modoc

So, Crash Sato lived up to his nickname. Great win by Dario, he was really sincere and caring in talking about Dan Wheldon in his win, a true gentleman.

Nathhulal
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Nathhulal

That was Sato’s only chance, he had overtaken Dixon on the same corner on the previous lap. He had a choice settle for second or go for the glory. And he went for true blooded racer’s choice.
So given the circumstance his effort was totally justified.

Gutted for Sato but happy for Franchitti. I obviously would have been happier if the Japanese driver had won after running strong throughout the race.

positiveCamper
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positiveCamper

I am not a big fan of Indycar, but I was pleased to note that Rubens had a respectable placing in his rookie year: 11th.

Crushr99
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Crushr99

I wonder if Sato was at the same race I was at all day. First, don’t know that’s the point I would make that pass, and I watched perhaps hundreds of passes there today. from my seat high at the scoring pylon, only to see the overtaking car repassed by the time they came back to the start/finish line. Also, Dario just ain’t going give you a free pass there after the white flag. But, he gave what the drivers were told to give, a car-width plus 1 inch. I’m glad Sato only screwed his own fate with that move.… Read more »

F1 Kitteh
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F1 Kitteh

Gotta feel for Attaku Sato … but unfortunately that was always going to happen. I guess we already seen one miracle when Pastor held it together in Spain and another one so soon is just too much to ask.

Tony
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Tony

did Rubens blame his Ferrari contract for not finishing higher?

was a great race actually, and i was choked up hearing that talk about Dan from Dario – on his big day he was thinking of others taken from us. Bravo.

hoffy
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hoffy

We are missing the big picture people. What do people think of Danica???

Seriously, can you believe that who ever runs the Indycar Facebook page had to post a news story about her? WTF?? (But most of the replies are priceless. Goes to show what most of the real fans think of her)

Anyhow, good to see Dario take the Milk again (even if we don’t get to see Ashley Judd running around in a wet dress this time). Was a shame that Will Power got caught up in someone elses accident, but thats Indy I suppose!

Cheers

Nathhulal
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Nathhulal

Who needs Danica in Indycar? They have Dario, and he can grow his hair shoulder length if the sponsors so want.

F1_Knight
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F1_Knight

I’m far more fond of James Hinchcliffe. He’s prettier.