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Dario Franchitti Wins Indianapolis 500

Dario Franchitti suiting up for the Baltimore Grand Prix, 2011.

Dario Franchitti‘s name will go on the Borg-Warner trophy for a third time, but Sunday‘s Indianapolis 500 win was mostly about the late Dan Wheldon.

On a day when emotional tributes to last year‘s 500 champion finally took place after months of planning, the ultimate tribute was paid by three of his closest racing friends finishing one-two-three in the greatest spectacle in racing.

Franchitti shared the lead with teammate Scott Dixon for much of the last 50 laps, but faced a late challenge from fan-favorite Tony Kanaan and Japanese driver Takuma Sato. After Franchitti took the lead on the next-to-last lap, Sato attempted to pass him on the first turn after the white flag when the cars touched tires, and Sato spun out.

Franchitti was overcome with emotion on Victory Lane, and followed that with another emotional moment as he and wife Ashley Judd invited Wheldon‘s widow, Susie, to ride the victory lap with them in the Pace Car.

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