Video: Dario Franchitti joins an exclusive club
The 96th running of the Indy 500 will be remembered for many things. Dario Franchitti’s “Spin and win”, his charge from the back, the last lap, and the tributes to Dan Wheldon.
The Indy 500 had it all: Emotion, tension and a top three that nobody could have paid for. Dan would have been proud. Besides the tributes there were white gloves and glasses. And there were tears.
Franchitti, now a three-time Indy 500 winner, four-time Indycar champion deserves his place among the greats.
Johnny Rutherford, a three time winner at the Brickyard and now the official pace car driver for the Indycar Series, gave Dario his book to read in the build-up to the 500, suitably inscribed.
Dario, who loves his racing history, devoured it. The Scotsman was also humbled to join the club of three-time winners. But, to come from last to first, miss by inches a final lap crash to win… Nobody could begrudge his victory dedicated to his former Indy ‘WingMan’, Danny-Boy.
He also dedicated the win to ‘IornManMike’ Michael Wanser who lost his fight with Leukemia a few days after Dan died last October.
With Scott Dixon taking second – a huge friend of Dan and his family – and Tony Kanaan third, the top three was a celebration of Dan Wheldon. It was truly a day to remember, for so many reasons.