|Franchitti celebrates with Chip Ganassi in Victory Lane (Courtesy Getty Images)|
|All 33 drivers pose with the Borg Warner Trophy prior to the race (Courtesy Getty Images)|
Pit stops were done by lap 50, and the lead cycled back around to Marco Andretti. For the first time in the race, the leader had a margin of victory bigger than a second. Andretti was leading Scott Dixon by 1.4 seconds following the round of pit stops. About 20 laps after pit stops, Tony Kanaan came back into the pits for what may have been a fuel problem. On lap 74, Marco Andretti came into the pits to start another round of green-flag pit stops.
On lap 79, a big crash took place between Will Power and Mike Conway. Conway got loose due to a broken nose, and spun out. Power had nowhere to go and made contact with Conway, and Conway got airborne against the fence before landing on all four tires. Fortunately, both Conway and Power were not injured in the accident, due in part to the new car, designed to keep the drivers safer.
|James Hinchcliffe leads Dario Franchitti (Courtesy Getty Images)|
While green-flag pit stops were going on, something broke in the rear of Ryan Hunter-Reay's car, and his hopes of winning the Indianapolis 500 ended about 75 laps early. After pit stops cycled around, the new leader was Takuma Sato. With 56 laps to go, Marco Andretti came into the pits after complaining about what he thought was his right-rear tire running down to the chords. After making his pit stop, the caution came out for Sebastian Saavedra, who's car stalled in the warm-up lane coming out of the pits.
The race restarted with 48 laps to go, and once again it was a dicey restart. Dario Franchitti was finally able to get around Takuma Sato going into Turn 3, and his Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon followed him past Sato. With 41 laps to go, Dixon was able to get around Franchitti to take over the lead; Franchitti got around him for the lead just one lap later. On lap 164, Josef Newgarden brought out the caution when he stopped in the grass on the backstretch.
The race restarted on lap 171, with Ganassi teammates Franchitti and Dixon leading the field to green. Dixon got around Franchitti for the lead, and a few laps later Franchitti got back around Dixon. The Ganassi teammates were racing for the lead, but they were worried about more than who was going to win; they were unsure of if they would have enough fuel to make it to the end of the race. All of those worries went out the window when, with 20 laps to go, Ed Carpenter spun out coming out of Turn 1.
|Dario Franchitti, right, passes teammate Scott Dixon for the lead (Courtesy Getty Images)|
The race restarted with 6 laps to go, and Tony Kanaan led Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon to the green. Kanaan fell to third on the restart when Franchitti and Dixon got around him. Dixon got around his teammate with 5 laps to go, and Takuma Sato got around Kanaan for third. With two laps to go, Franchitti got around Dixon coming to the line, and Sato followed him under Dixon to take second place. Going into Turn 1 on the final lap, Sato tried to make his move under Franchitti, and spun out and hit the wall hard. The caution immediately flew, and Franchitti would lead the field to the checkered flag to win his third Indianapolis 500.
Franchitti's Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon followed him across the line to finish second. Fan-favorite Tony Kanaan finished third, finishing just short of his first Indianapolis 500 win for the 11th time. Oriol Servia finished fourth, and Ryan Briscoe was fifth. James Hinchcliffe, Justin Wilson, Charlie Kimball, Townsend Bell, and Helio Castroneves finished 6th-10th, respectively.
Some other notables:
- Rookie Rubens Barrichello finished 11th.
- Last year's runner-up finisher JR Hildebrand finished 14th.
- Takuma Sato finished 17th after crashing on the last lap.
- Marco Andretti finished 24th after wrecking with 13 laps to go.
- Points leader Will Power finished 28th after being involved in the wreck with Mike Conway.
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