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Franchitti wins at Indy again


Scotland's Dario Franchitti finished first in the Indianapolis 500. It's his third win in the annual Memorial Day weekend race.

Franchitti was able to take the checkered flag because Takuma Sato crashed on the final lap. The Japanese driver went for the lead going into the first turn, pulling even with Franchitti, but he went in too low, and the crash sent him into the outside wall. Sato's car barely missed Franchitti, who coasted across the line under a yellow caution flag to become the 10th driver to win at least three Indy 500s.

Franchitti's teammate, Scott Dixon, finished second. Tony Kanaan who had the lead off the last restart with six laps to go, settled for third on a blistering day at the old Brickyard. The official race temperature was 91, one degree shy of the record set in 1937.

In the winner's circle, Franchitti donned a pair of white sunglasses to honor Dan Wheldon, who won the 500 a year ago, but was killed in a crash at Las Vegas in the final race of the 2011 season.

The crowd of more than 200,000 also donned white glasses on the 26th and 98th laps, marking the car numbers that Wheldon drove to victory lane at Indianapolis.

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