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Dario Franchitti dominates Indy 500

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Monday 31st May, 2010 - 7:32am

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Dario Franchitti celebrates his Indy 500 victory with team owner Chip Ganassi and wife Ashley Judd

Dario Franchitti celebrates his Indy 500 victory with team owner Chip Ganassi and wife Ashley Judd

Scotsman Dario Franchitti has won his second Indianapolis 500 in a dominating performance by the Target Chip Ganassi driver.

The win means that team boss Chip Ganassi becomes the first owner in history to hold both the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 titles at the same time.

Franchitti smashed the opposition at the Brickyard today, but he had to survive a hectic final phase of the race to collect the win, as drivers and teams were forced to switch to aggressive fuel conservation strategies to make it to the finish.

In the second half of the race it was Tony Kanaan that was the biggest threat to Franchitti’s dominance, an amazing feat for the Brazilian, who started from 33rd position.

But with the likes of Kanaan, polesitter Helio Castroneves and Justin Wilson all forced to make splash-and-go pit stops in the final stages, Franchitti was left to hold off the rapidly advancing Dan Wheldon in the final laps.

Running painfully slow with even backmarkers passing his #10 Target car, Franchitti looked to have Wheldon covered, but his win was assured when the yellow flags flew for a horrendous crash on the last lap of the race.

Mike Conway rode over the back of Ryan Hunter-Reay’s car at Turn 2, sending Conway’s Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car up into the air and into a sickening sequence of flips along the catch fencing.

Conway’s car broke into several pieces, with the young British driver conscious but suffering from suspecting leg injuries.

Franchitti, who will race at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 in Queensland later this year, led a massive 155 of the 200 laps in today’s race. Incidentally, four of the top 10 drivers at this year’s Indy 500 will all race in V8 Supercars in Surfers Paradise this October.

Third place was Marco Andretti, making it a great day for Andretti Autosport after a wretch month of May at the Speedway. Andretti had to sweat it out in the hours after the race after crossing the line in sixth place, but quickly claiming that several cars passed him under yellow – a claim backed up by officials post-race investigations.

RESULTS: 2010 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Race 6 of 17 in the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series

Pos Driver Team Laps
1. Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Racing 200 laps
2. Dan Wheldon Panther Racing +0.1536s
3. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport +23.5251s
4. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne Racing +20.9876s
5. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing +21.4922s
6. Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport +21.7560s
7. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing +25.9761s
8. Will Power Penske Racing +30.2474s
9. Helio Castroneves Penske Racing +33.0137s
10. Alex Tagliani FAAZT Race Team +34.2482s
11. Tony Kanaan Andretti Autosport +59.5957s
12. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Racing +59.9739s
14. Mario Romancini Conquest Racing +1m05.0219s
13. Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing +1m01.6745s
15. Tomas Scheckter Dreyer & Reinbold Racing + 1 lap
16. Townsend Bell Sam Schmidt Motorsport + 1 lap
17. Ed Carpenter Panther Racing + 1 lap
18. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport + 2 laps
19. Mike Conway Dreyer & Reinbold Racing + 2 laps
20. Takuma Sato KV Racing Technology + 2 laps
21. Ana Beatriz Dreyer & Reinbold Racing + 4 laps
22. Bertrand Baguette Conquest Racing + 17 laps
DNF Sebastian Saavedra Bryan Herta Autosport 159 laps
DNF Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing 147 laps
DNF EJ Viso KV Racing Technology 139 laps
DNF Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher Racing 125 laps
DNF Vitor Meira AJ Foyt Enterprises 105 laps
DNF Hideki Mutoh Newman/Haas Racing 76 laps
DNF Raphael Matos De Ferran Dragon Racing 72 laps
DNF John Andretti Andretti Autosport 62 laps
DNF Mario Moraes KV Racing Technology 17 laps
DNF Bruno Junqueira FAZZT Race Team 7 laps
DNF Davey Hamilton De Ferran Dragon Racing 0 laps

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