Dario Franchitti: Third Indy 500 Win Proves Driver Is One of the Greats

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIMay 27, 2012

Dario Franchitti is one of the greats on the IndyCar circuit, and he proved that with his, count it, third Indianapolis 500 win.

Let's be very honest about the Indy 500. Winning just one puts you in rarefied air, so I can only imagine what winning two feels like. Winning three, though? At that point you are a legend.

Dario Franchitti, congratulations, because you are officially one of the great ones.

Speaking of official, here's the Tweet announcing the win via the official Izod IndyCar Series handle:

Sato in the wall, checkered flag! Dario wins the #Indy500! #indycar2012 #indy500

— IZOD IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) May 27, 2012

What a huge win this was for Franchitti, especially considering how he was able to pull it off.

Franchitti had a close call right at the end, as Takuma Sato tried to pass him for the lead on the inside of the first turn, but Sato was a little bit too deep on the turn, which caused him to spin out. The yellow caution flag was waived right after Sato hit the wall, Franchitti was in the lead, and that was all she wrote. Franchitti wins the 96th racing of the Indy 500 under caution (all three of his wins have come under caution), and the rest is history.

As I said, winning just one Indy 500 puts you in an elite class, but with three wins, Franchitti establishes himself as one of the greats in the racing world. He joins a very short list of other three-time winners and sets himself up with a ton of momentum heading into the rest of the year.

Franchitti will also be remembered in the record books next to his good friend, the late driver Dan Wheldon, who won last year's Indy 500, but tragically passed away in a crash at the Las Vegas Indy 300 in October of 2011.

When we think of the great IndyCar drivers, this Indy 500 race will certainly come to mind, as will Franchitti, and I have a feeling that he's not finished adding to his lore.

If there was any question regarding Dario Franchitti's greatness in the racing world, he answered them with a huge win, for the third time, at the Indianapolis 500.

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