IndyCar Series 2012
Dario Franchitti came from the rear of the field to win a dramatic Indianapolis 500 Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon to the checkered flag in a 1-2 finish for Honda in near-record heat and humidity. It is the third Indianapolis 500 victory for Franchitti, and the third for Honda with engine manufacturer competition.
After starting 16th, Franchitti was hit during his first pit stop by the car of E.J. Viso, spinning Franchitti around and dropping him to the rear of the field. But he fought back to the front, reaching the lead for the first time on Lap 151 and then entering into a multi-car battle for the victory over the final laps.
Once at the front of the field, Franchitti spent the late laps trading the lead with Dixon, part of a record 34 lead changes during the race; while the Honda Dallaras of Takuma Sato and Justin Wilson; as well as the cars of Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter all looked like potential race winners.
Carpenter was the first to fall by the wayside, spinning without contact on Lap 180. On the Lap 184 restart, Kanaan jumped from fourth to the front on the run to Turn One, but the yellow came out again just three laps later as Marco Andretti spun and crashed without injury.
On Lap 194, the green flag waved for the final time and both Franchitti and Dixon passed Kanaan. Sato also was quickly past Kanaan and then Dixon. On Lap 199, Sato moved alongside Franchitti and attempted a last-lap pass for the lead as they entered Turn One. But Sato lost control mid-corner, made contact with Franchitti and then spun hard into the wall, crashing without injury.
Franchitti was momentarily sideways, but corrected for the slide and claimed his third Indianapolis 500 victory, and the 96th IndyCar win for Target Chip Ganassi Racing at the 96th running of the Memorial Day weekend classic. Dixon finished second, with Honda drivers Justin Wilson seventh, Charlie Kimball in eighth and Townsend Bell, ninth.
The IZOD IndyCar Series now enters June with a run of four consecutive race weekends, starting with the June 3 Belle Isle Grand Prix temporary street circuit race in Detroit, Michigan, followed by oval races at Texas Motor Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile and Iowa Speedway
|1||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|2||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|3||Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)|
|4||Oriol Servia(Panther DRR Racing)|
|5||Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske)|
|6||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|7||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|8||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|9||Townsend Bell (Schmidt Hamilton Racing)|
|10||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|11||Rubens Barrichello (KV Racing Technology)|
|12||Alex Tagliani (Bryan Herta Autosport)|
|13||Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|14||JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing)|
|15||James Jakes (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|16||Simon Pagenaud-R (Schmidt Hamilton Racing)|
|17||Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|18||E.J. Viso (KV Racing Technology)|
|19||Michel Jourdain (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|20||Sebastian Bourdais (Dragon Racing)|
|21||Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)|
|22||Katherine Legge-R (Dragon Racing)|
|23||Ana Beatriz (Andretti Autosport)|
|24||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|25||Josef Newgarden-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|26||Sebastien Saavedra (Andretti Autosport)|
|27||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|28||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|29||Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|30||Bryan Clauson-R (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|31||Wade Cunningham-R (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|32||Jean Alesi-R (Fan Force United)|
|33||Simona de Silvestro (HVM Racing)|