Penske Racing's 2012 reign of terror is over thanks to Dario Franchitti's third-career win at the Indianapolis 500.
The win for Target Chip Ganassi Racing ends the 4-0 start for Team Penske, who took the first four races of the IndyCar season and also nabbed the first five pole positions of the season.
In all, it was a rough day for the Penske drivers. Ryan Briscoe started on the pole and finished well, taking fifth place in the race and salvaging a solid result for the team.
Such was not the case for Helio Castroneves—winner of the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg—who finished 10th in his bid to join A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears as the only four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500.
Meanwhile, Will Power came into the race with three-straight wins under his belt, but he was unable to finish after taking part of a horrific crash with Mike Conway during the 80th lap.
Thankfully, neither racer was seriously injured.
All in all, it was an excellent day for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who also saw Scott Dixon take second place in the race.
While it was only one race, stymieing the momentum of Team Penske at the biggest race of the season has to feel good for Target Chip Ganassi Racing and give the rest of the field confidence moving forward.
Turns out the Team Penske boys are beatable in 2012 after all.
Of course, they'll look to come back in a big way moving forward. Castroneves is still one of the finest racers in the circuit and Power one of the most consistent (and looking for his first championship after two consecutive second-place finishes.)
To paraphrase the immortal Arnold Schwarzenegger, they'll be back. But at least for one race, they didn't manage to finish on top.
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