2012 Indy 500: Dario Franchitti Wins For Third Time

Dario Franchitti won the third Indianapolis 500 of his career on Sunday afternoon.

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2012 Indy 500: Dario Franchitti Wins For Third Time In Career

Dario Franchitti won his third career Indianapolis 500 on Sunday afternoon in wild fashion, beating out the remainder of the field after Takuma Sato wrecked while trying to pass for the lead late in the race. As SB Nation's Jeff Gluck notes, "the field had already broken the record for most lead changes in 96 years of Indianapolis 500 history."

Here's video of Franchitti winning the race:

Sato leading the race with just 55 laps remaining was one of the big stories on Sunday given his lack of success with IndyCars, but he couldn't pull off the stunning victory. While trying to pass Franchitti for the lead late in the race, Sato spun out and ultimately finished 17th.

Catch up on the best video highlights, crashes and notes from the race with SB Nation's Indy 500 2012 StoryStream. For more on Indy racing, including the 2012 Indianapolis 500, please visit Pop Off Valve.

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2012 Indy 500 Starting Grid: Briscoe, Hinchcliffe And Hunter-Reay Sit Atop 2012 Starting Grid

The Indy 500 is now less than 24 hours away from its 11:00 a.m. CDT starting time. Ryan Briscoe will get the race started off after averaging 226.484 -- just 0.003 ahead of James Hinchcliffe -- in the Pole Day results.

Here is a look at the full starting grid:

  1. Ryan Briscoe, 4 Lap Average: 226.484
  2. James Hinchcliffe, 4 Lap Average: 226.481
  3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 4 Lap Average: 226.240
  4. Marco Andretti, 4 Lap Average: 225.456
  5. Will Power, 4 Lap Average: 225.422
  6. Helio Castroneves, 4 Lap Average: 225.172
  7. Josef Newgarden, 4 Lap Average: 224.037
  8. Tony Kanaan, 4 Lap Average: 224.751
  9. EJ Viso, 4 Lap Average: 224.422
  10. Rubens Barrichello, 4 Lap Average: 224.264
  11. Alex Tagliani, 4 Lap Average: 224.000
  12. Graham Rahal, 4 Lap Average: 223.959
  13. Ana Beatriz, 4 Lap Average: 223.920
  14. Charlie Kimball, 4 Lap Average: 223.868
  15. Scott Dixon, 4 Lap Average: 223.684
  16. Dario Franchitti, 4 Lap Average: 223.582
  17. James Jakes, 4 Lap Average: 223.482
  18. JR Hildebrand, 4 Lap Average: 223.422
  19. Takuma Sato, 4 Lap Average: 223.392
  20. Townsend Bell, 4 Lap Average: 223.134
  21. Justin Wilson, 4 Lap Average: 222.929
  22. Michel Jourdain, 4 Lap Average: 222.893
  23. Simon Pagenaud, 4 Lap Average: 222.891
  24. Sebastian Saavedra, 4 Lap Average: 222.811
  25. Sebastien Bourdais, 4 Lap Average: 223.760
  26. Wade Cunningham, 4 Lap Average: 223.258
  27. Oriol Servia, 4 Lap Average: 222.393
  28. Ed Carpenter, 4 Lap Average: 222.324
  29. Mike Conway, 4 Lap Average: 222.319
  30. Katherine Legge, 4 Lap Average: 221.624
  31. Bryan Clauson, 4 Lap Average: 214.455
  32. Simona de Silvestro, 4 Lap Average: 214.393
  33. Jean Alesi, 4 Lap Average: 210.094

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Indy 500 2012 Qualifying Results, Pole Day: Briscoe Finishes With Narrow Lead

The Indianapolis 500 gets ready for 96th running after the final results from Pole Day have come down. Australian Ryan Briscoe of the IZOD Team Penske car finished top in the qualifying results with James Hinchcliffe finishing just 0.003 behind the leader.

Here is a look at the Indy 500 qualifying results for the top seven, courtesy of Indy Star:

Pos. Driver 1st lap 2nd lap 3rd lap 4th lap Avg.
1 Briscoe, Ryan 226.621 226.578 226.404 226.334 226.484
2 Hinchcliffe, James 226.934 226.525 226.330 226.137 226.481
3 Hunter-Reay, Ryan 226.570 226.358 226.139 225.893 226.240
4 Andretti, Marco 225.911 225.392 225.335 225.186 225.456
5 Power, Will 225.951 225.442 225.186 225.111 225.422
6 Castroneves, Helio 225.933 225.368 224.850 224.540 225.172
7 Newgarden, Josef 224.356 224.160 224.006 223.626 224.037

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