Indy 500 Results: Dario Franchitti Wins Prestigious Race

Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 27, 2012

For the third time in his career, Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500.

BREAKING: Dario Franchitti wins his third Indy 500. #indycar

— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 27, 2012

And for the third time, he did it under the caution flag.

With just one lap to go, Takuma Sato tried to pass Franchitti on the inside, but crashed. The rest is just history.

It was a truly exciting race, with Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan all leading at some point during the final 10 laps. There were a record amount of lead changes. 

But it was Franchitti who took home the win. And with that win, he enters the record books.

With his third win at the Indy 500, Franchitti joins Helio Castroneves as the only other active driver with three career wins at this prestigious race. Overall, he became the seventh racer to do so.

Only A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears have won four.

Franchitti, who was racing the No. 50 car, brought home the win for Chip Ganassi Racing, its fourth overall win. More importantly, Franchitti gets his to put his name next to good friend Dan Wheldon in the history books. 

The race, however, wasn't as smooth for plenty of other drivers. 

Earlier in the race, Mike Conway and Will Power suffered a nasty crash in which Conway was forced about halfway up the wall. 

Luckily, neither man was injured.

Furthermore, the Andretti curse also continued. With 13 laps to go, Marco Andretti, who was in eighth, crashed and wasn't able to finish. Marco Andretti is still the last man in the family to win this race; he did it back in 1969.

Franchitti's teammate, Scott Dixon, finished second and Tony Kanaan finished third.

Kanaan's bad luck continues, as he secured his fifth top-five finish, but he has still yet to win. He has been so close so many times, but it wasn't meant to be in 2012.

Because 2012, for the third time, is Dario Franchitti's year.