Despite a close run from Japanese driver Takuma Sato, Dario Franchitti (aka Mr. Ashley Judd) won the 2012 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday (May 27) for the third time. A final lap crash took Sato out of the running and barely missed hitting Franchitti as his car skidded into the outside wall of the raceway, reports the Associated Press.
Franchitti’s teammate, Scott Dixon, finished second while Tony Kanaan finished third.
“I want to thank all the fans for saluting our Dan today,” said Franchitti from the winners’ circle, who was a close friend of Dan Wheldon who died in a race during the 2011 racing season. “What a race.”
Weather in Indianapolis was a grueling 91 degrees during the three-plus hour race. Another favorite driver, Marco Andretti, crashed with 13 laps to go — dashing his chances at the win.