The 2012 Indianapolis 500 had a little bit of everything. There was drama, emotion, joy, sorrow and it was all wrapped up in a neat three-hour package. The day belonged to the Indycar veteran’s, which is fitting since this race is run on Memorial Day weekend.
Dario Franchitti won his third Indy 500 followed in second by his teammate, Scott Dixon, and third went to his longtime friend, Tony Kanaan. Franchitti joined a very elite club of only seven men to win the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” three times.
As his wife, actress Ashley Judd, stood by his side in Victory Lane and the widow of last year’s Indy 500 winner, Dan Wheldon, joined the group, emotions ran gamut. Franchitti proved on a day when he started the race in the 16th slot on the grid and was at one time at the very back of the field in 33rd, his knowledge of Indy, his amazing talents as one of the best drivers in the world and his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda would not fail him.
This was a day that was supposed to belong to the young guns. Certainly, the Andetti Autosport team lead by Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay all were being touted prior to the race as the men to beat come Sunday.
So now, we have had a chance to see Franchitti, the master of Indy, enter the “gang of seven” men who have won this race three times. Of those seven men, where does Franchitti rank? Well, we are about to tell you.