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Indy 500 2012: Where Dario Franchitti Ranks Among All-Time Greats

Dario Franchitti overcame a number of hurdles to capture his third Indianapolis 500. Firstly, the day undoubtedly belonged to the late Dan Wheldon, who was killed during an October crash in the IndyCar season finale. Franchitti, who was close friends with Wheldon, was seemingly racing in tribute to his fallen friend, while also etching his name in IndyCar history. Franchitti was also able to weather some setbacks early on as he climbed back from last place en route to becoming the 10th driver to secure three or more 500 victories. The race was no cakewalk itself, and was not decided until the final lap when Takuma Sato made a last-lap pass attempt, but did not have enough room on the inside and ended up spinning into the wall. The race was ...

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