So, I’m not a huge IndyCar fan. I love racing, so I watch it and my interest in it ebbs and flows. However, I do absolutely make a point of watching the Indy 500 and I’m pumped for next week’s race at Texas. For me, today’s race just.. kind of happened.
Dario Franchitti was dominant from the get go, leading 155 of the race’s 200 laps. It was exciting as can be though watching Tony Kanaan work his way through the field. Kanaan started the race dead last in 33rd. With just a handful of laps to go he was in second and sneaking up on Franchitti. Unfortunately, he had to pit for fuel and finished 11th. Kanaan’s pit stop essentially ended all drama for the finish.
Franchitti had a 3 second lead over Dan Wheldon going into the final lap. Unless Franchitti ran out of gas, he was going to win the race. However, a nasty wreck involving Mike Conway (who, thankfully, should be okay) brought out a caution. Franchitti and Wheldon both made it around to the finish line to end up 1st and 2nd. Alex Lloyd finished third, although Marco Andretti appeared to be third when the caution came out so that part of the finishing order may change.
This is Franchitti’s second Indy 500 win in four years. The last time he won with Andretti-Green and would go on to defeat Scott Dixon for the IRL title (in an epic finish at Chicago.) He then left to drive in NASCAR with Chip Ganassi. There is no chance of Franchitti leaving open wheel racing again after this year, but his title chances certainly improved after his win today.
Congrats to Dario Franchitti on his second Indy 500 win.