Dario Franchitti has won the Indianapolis 500 on 30 May 2010 for the second time after having the perfect game plan and the dominant car. He has captured the title at one of the world’s most prestigious auto races second time. He has ability to lift up team owner Chip Ganassi into a class by himself in motor sports made it all the more unforgettable. On Sunday, under the yellow carefulness flag, Franchitti crossed the finish line, containing led 155 laps and on the sweltering afternoon, live on the perils of unbalanced track conditions, and then Ganassi became the first owner in the same season to win the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. In auto racing, a rival on the track and a close friend off it, Roger Penske was only the other owner, who also has won the two most prestigious prizes. At the same time, a record 15 Indianapolis victories has been captured by the legendary figure that cannot lay claim to both.
37 years old, Franchitti has won a rain-shortened race in 2007 when due to the inclement weather, the race was stopped after 166 laps and he was declared the winner.
Before catching a flight to Charlotte for NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, Ganassi said, “I’m a lucky guy to be in this business to work with people who accomplished that,” and “I didn’t drive either car. I didn’t change any tires. I didn’t put any fuel in the cars. I didn’t do any of those things. I’m very, very lucky is what it comes down to.”
During the postrace news conference, Franchitti said, “That wasn’t good for your heart, was it, Chip” and “It would have been much easier had we been able to just get on it and keep the foot down because the Target car was quick. Great day. To win two of these things is pretty damn special.”
In the garage area, Hamilton said, “Tomas Scheckter is an idiot,” and “He tries to be a superstar. He tries to go three wide. . . . He’s a knucklehead.”
Turns out good luck had much to do with Franchitti and Target Chip Ganassi Racing attaining the unprecedented achievement, although on the final lap, it came at the expense of two drivers, Mike Conway in particular. With at least two Indianapolis 500 victories, Franchitti became the 17th driver and Franchitti is the first Scottish-born driver to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing more than once. After winning it last season, Franchitti has two IndyCar points championships and in 2007 to go along with his first points title that year, he also won the Indianapolis 500.
After honorary starter Jack Nicholson waved the green flag, the race began with a clean start but when two cars wrecked over eight laps that disprove the disorder that would unfold soon thereafter. The oldest driver Davey Hamilton was the first victim, who at 47 was the oldest driver in the race and began in the middle of the fifth row. When he went into the wall trying to avoid Tomas Scheckter, his day ended in Turn 2 of the opening lap. Franchitti passed pole-sitter Castroneves and Will Power to move into first place at that point. Before the second yellow caution flag forced drivers to stand down following a wreck by Bruno Junqueira, who had one of the faster cars in the field, the drivers managed just another seven laps.