INDIANAPOLIS: Scotland’s Dario Franchitti won the 96th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, taking his third career Indy 500 crown after Japan’s Takuma Sato crashed while running beside him on the final lap.
Franchitti, who also won the fabled race in 2007 and 2010, was followed across the finish line under a caution flag by Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon of New Zealand and Brazil’s Tony Kanaan.
“What a race. I think Dan Wheldon would be proud of this one,” Franchitti said, dedicating the triumph to the 2011 winner from England who was killed in a crash last October at Las Vegas.
Franchitti, who fell behind early after his car was struck on pit row, seized the lead from Kanaan on a restart with six laps to go in the 200-lap showdown around the 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
After Franchitti and Dixon traded the lead over the next few laps, Sato moved past Dixon into second behind the Scotsman with two laps remaining and made his run at the lead in the first turn of the last lap.
Spain’s Oriol Servia was fourth, followed by Aussie pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe and Canada’s James Hinchcliffe.