Indy 500 2012: Why Dario Franchitti Will Win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IMay 22, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 20:  Dario Franchitti waits to drive the Target Chip Ganassi Racing car during practice for the Indinapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 20, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Dario Franchitti is a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and there's reason to believe he'll capture his third title this weekend at the greatest spectacle in racing.

There are few events like the Indy 500, and it has become a time when non-racing fans at least tune in for the final moments of the race due to it's magnitude in American sports culture.

The 39-year-old Scot first triumphed in 2007 and again won in 2010. 

He's been the staple of accomplishment and consistency over the last decade in the IndyCar series, winning the overall championship in each of the last three seasons. Due to his past successes, he's an annual contender at the Indy 500 as he should be. 

Brazilian Helio Castroneves is his biggest competition, but two of his three Indy 500 victories came in 2001 and 2002. 

A column by Curt Cavin of the Indianapolis Star reveals Franchitti's focus heading into this weekend's race and how he's not phased by any past victories. 

"I don't think about (those races)," Franchitti said. "I think only about this one.

"You can't look back. You have to think, 'How am I going to get this one?' You have to want this one as much as you wanted the first one or else you're not going to get it. That's the plain and simple of it."

Even former teammate Tony Kanaan chimed in on Franchitti's chances.

"It doesn't matter what position the guy is in or how many points he has," Kanaan said, "he's always a threat to win."

Franchitti is in the prime of his racing career and has to be the favorite to win this weekend. 

He's disappointingly starting from the No. 16 position, but he's experienced enough to move up to the front of the pack throughout the duration of the race. 

He'll capture his third Indy 500 and become the 10th driver ever to do so.