Indy 500 Results Video: Watch Dario Franchitti Win Epic Race

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Dario Franchitti conquered the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time in his racing career on Sunday, finishing the 500-mile race in first place under caution, just as he had the previous two times.

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The epic race ended in thrilling fashion after Japanese driver Takuma Sato crashed while trying to pass Franchitti on the final lap. The wreck signaled a caution, which froze the field and sealed the win for the 39-year-old Scotland native.

Franchitti was a class act all the way in making sure to dedicate the race and his team's effort on Sunday to fallen driver and friend Dan Wheldon, who died at age 33 after a collision at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last October. Franchitti was a pallbearer at Wheldon's funeral along with fellow drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, who finished second and third respectively on Sunday. 

The bittersweet win for Franchitti put him alongside Helio Castroneves as the only active driver to have at least three Indy 500 wins to his name, and now just one Indy 500 win away from being tied for the most all-time with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

The epic race on Sunday saw favorites Will Power and Marco Andretti crash and miss out on a golden opportunity to challenge for the win. 

Although some will be upset with IndyCar for letting the race end under caution, they will be hard-pressed to argue that Sunday's final lap wasn't among the most thrilling in Indy 500 history.

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