Dario Franchitti wins Indianapolis 500 as dramatic accident unfolds on final lap


Dario Franchitti has won his second Indianapolis 500 beating Dan Weldon who finished second for a second year in a row.

Franchitti's win means that Chip Ganassi has become the first car owner to win both the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 in the same year.

Helio Castroneves was in the hunt to become the fourth driver to win four victories at the brickyard until he stalled coming out of a pit lane on the 145th lap of the Indy 500 race.

"Up until 10 laps to go I was pretty relaxed and than all hell broke loose," Franchitti said after the race."

"I'm pretty damn near speechless right now," he added after he drank the customary milk in the winners circle.

In the last ten laps of the race Franchitti had to conserve fuel to be sure to make it across the finish line.


Just as he was about to cross the finish and win the race Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway touched wheel causing a potentially horrific airborne accident that could have been deadly. However both drivers were able to walk away from the collision.

Of the four women drivers in the race Danica Patrick, after starting 23rd, finished in the highest position. She came in 5th place after Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon in second,  and Alex Lloyd

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