2012 Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti Survives To Win His Third Indy 500 Race

That makes win number three for Dario Franchitti at the Indianapolis 500.

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2012 Indy 500 Results: SB Nation's Jeff Gluck Breaks Down The Race

Dario Franchitti earned his third victory at the 2012 Indy 500 after a late crash by Takuma Sato on the final lap which cost hims the race. SB Nation's Jeff Gluck was at the Brickyard, and here's his instant analysis:


Gluck discusses about the exciting finish to the race as well as Franchitti's close relationship he had with the late Dan Wheldon, who was celebrated today at the track.

Franchitti won the race under caution and It is still unclear whether or not Franchitti was responsible for Sato's wreck. Of course both Franchitti and Sato disagrees over who caused the wreck on the final lap.

However, that does not matter as Franchitti was drinking the milk in the winners circle celebrating his third Indy 500 victory.

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2012 Indy 500 Final: Dario Franchitti Wins His 3rd Indy 500 Title

Dario Franchitti withstood a hard charge from Takuma Sato on the last lap to win his 3rd Indianapolis 500 title on Sunday afternoon.

Sato pulled off an impressive pass on the second to last lap by squeezing in the middle between Franchitti and Scott Dixon to move into second place. As the white flag waved, Franchitti held a slight inside position on Sato, but Sato forced Franchitti's hand to move up the track.

Sato seemed to have the edge on Franchitti coming out of turn one, but right when Sato was primed to surge ahead, Sato's right wheel got clipped by Franchitti's car and Sato spun out. The yellow flag waived with Franchitti in the lead and an anti-climatic finish gave Franchitti his third Indy 500 win.

Here are the unofficial results for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.

POS DRIVER CAR MANUFACTURER
1 Dario Franchitti 50 Honda
2 Scott Dixon 9 Honda
3 Tony Kanaan 11 Chevrolet
4 Oriol Servia 22 Chevrolet
5 Ryan Briscoe 2 Chevrolet
6 James Hinchcliffe 27 Chevrolet
7 Justin Wilson 18 Honda
8 Charlie Kimball 83 Honda
9 Townsend Bell 99 Honda
10 Helio Castroneves 3 Chevrolet
11 Rubens Barrichello 8 Chevrolet
12 Alex Tagliani 98 Honda
13 Graham Rahal 38 Honda
14 JR Hildebrand 4 Chevrolet
15 James Jakes 19 Honda
16 Simon Pagenaud 77 Honda
17 Takuma Sato 15 Honda
18 E.J. Viso 5 Chevrolet
19 Michel Jourdain Jr. 30 Honda
20 Sebastien Bourdais 7 Chevrolet
21 Ed Carpenter 20 Chevrolet
22 Katherine Legge 6 Chevrolet
23 Ana Beatriz 25 Chevrolet
24 Marco Andretti 26 Chevrolet
25 Josef Newgarden 67 Honda
26 Sebastian Saavedra 17 Chevrolet
27 Ryan Hunter-Reay 28 Chevrolet
28 Will Power 12 Chevrolet
29 Mike Conway 14 Honda
30 Bryan Clauson 39 Honda
31 Wade Cunningham 41 Honda
32 Simona De Silvestro 78 Lotus
33 Jean Alesi 64 Lotus

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2012 Indy 500 Live: Dario Franchitti Leads With 17 Laps Remaining As Caution Comes Out

Ed Carpenter's scrape with the wall in turn four has brought out the caution flag as the conclusion of the 2012 edition of the Indianapolis 500 nears its conclusion. With just 20 laps remaining, Dario Franchitti has secured the lead from Scott Dixon in a hot and heavy race with constant lead changes and pit stops aplenty.

Carpenter's scrape with the wall did no relevant damage and is now at the back of the pack. Unfortunately, Carpenter was performing admirably, as he was in 4th place at the time of the spin-out. The rest of the field now moves up and will furiously try and catch Franchitti. Dixon, Takuma Sato, Tony Kanaan trail the leader with just a few precious laps remaining.

We'll have an update on the winner shortly, so stay tuned.

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2012 Indy 500 Live: Mike Conway And Will Power Wreck On Lap 80

Things are heating up at the Indianapolis 500 as the leaders are coming in for pit stops and the drivers try to navigate the traffic and an evolving race track on a hot day in central Indiana.

Mike Conway's day got hairy as soon as he came for his second pit stop. While coming into his stall, Conway came in wild and took out two of his pit crew and nearly hit the wall. Race officials black flagged Conway on returning to the race, but Conway would soon realize that his car wasn't adjusted properly.

Conway took his penalty and took a tap on the inside track, and on his return to full throttle he began to lose control of his car. Conway's car went up the track and captured a trailing Will Power in the process. Conway's race car crashed hard against the turn 4 wall and went airborne for a brief moment.

Both drivers were unscathed and walked away from the vehicles.

Marco Andretti is still your race leader and has led 55 laps thus far. More from Indy as we get it, stay tuned.

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2012 Indy 500 Live: Marco Andretti Secures The Lead From Ryan Briscoe On Lap 20

Marco Andretti has taken the lead from the pole sitter Ryan Briscoe on lap 20 as the Indianapolis 500 is full of heavy passing and hot weather this Memorial Day weekend.

Andretti is followed by his teammate James Hinchcliffe, Briscoe, Alex Tagliani, Tony Kanaan.

With the changes in restrictor plate settings, the cars are moving and shaking across the track. Drivers are making passes almost at will with more ability to draft and dash, which is making things hard for the leaders to sustain the lead.

If you're looking for Twitter updates, make sure to follow our own @jeff_gluck, who is live at the Brickyard for the race. As black flags also became a fad for two drivers early in the race.

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Indy 500 Starting Grid: Ryan Briscoe Favored To Win Sunday's Big Race

Ryan Briscoe will start on the pole for the 2012 running of the Indianapolis 500. Briscoe is the favorite to win Sunday's race sporting 15-4 odds and edging out Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves (11-2) and Will Power (6-1).

Briscoe won the pole in last week's qualifying session and will start in the front row alongside James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Marco Andretti will start inside on the second row and will be joined by Will Power and Helio Castroneves.

Here's the starting lineup for Sunday's Indianapolis 500:

  1. Ryan Briscoe
  2. James Hinchcliffe
  3. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  4. Marco Andretti
  5. Will Power
  6. Helio Castroneves
  7. Josef Newgarden
  8. Tony Kanaan
  9. EJ Viso
  10. Rubens Barrichello
  11. Alex Tagliani
  12. Graham Rahal
  13. Ana Beatriz
  14. Charlie Kimball
  15. Scott Dixon
  16. Dario Franchitti
  17. James Jakes
  18. J.R. Hildebrand
  19. Takuma Sato
  20. Townsend Bell
  21. Justin Wilson
  22. Michel Jourdain
  23. Simon Pagenaud
  24. Sebastian Saavedra
  25. Sebastien Bourdais
  26. Wade Cunningham
  27. Oriol Servia
  28. Ed Carpenter
  29. Mike Conway
  30. Katherine Legge
  31. Bryan Clauson
  32. Simona De Silvestro
  33. Jean Alesi

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Indy 500 Live Streaming 2012: ESPN3 Offering 12 Different Onboard Cameras

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 will get underway around Noon ET on Sunday and will be televised on ABC. For those looking for a different view of the race can head online to ESPN3 which will be providing additional coverage in the form of onboard cameras for 12 different drivers.

In addition to pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe, ESPN 3 will also have live onboard cameras for James Hinchcliffe, Charlie Kimball, J.R. Hildebrand, Tony Kanaan, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Rubens Barrichello, Dario Franchitti, Graham Rahal and Helio Castroneves. Access to ESPN 3 is available to most with a high-speed Internet connection.

For more on the cutting edge technology that is being used to cover the 2012 Indianapolis 500 check out this story by The Verge who gets in depth.

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Indy 500: Schedule, Start Time, Live Updates And More

The 2012 running of the Indianapolis 500 will get underway shortly after 11 a.m. local time. Cars will head out onto the track for pace laps at approximately 11:04 a.m. with the green flag scheduled to drop at around 11:12 a.m.

The race will be broadcast nationally on ABC starting at 11 a.m. local time. More than 400 radio stations will carry the event which can also be watched online at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's official site. Online coverage begins at 10:30 a.m.

Ryan Briscoe will start the race from the pole-position and will be joined in the front row by James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Race Date/Time: Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m. CT

TV: ABC

Radio: Indy 500 Radio Affiliates

Live Stream: Official Indianapolis Motor Speedway Live Stream.

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Indy 500 2012 Weather: Record-Setting Temperatures Expected For Sunday

Record-setting temperatures are expected on Sunday for the Indianapolis 500. There is a head advisory for all of central Indiana on Sunday including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The hottest Indianapolis 500 on record was 92 degrees back in 1937. That record could be in jeopardy on Sunday.

The escalated temperature will make for a much hotter track temperature. A hotter racing surface equals more rubber on the track which leads to a lot of loose race cars.

Conditions in Indianapolis, IN:
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SUNDAY - INDY 500 RACE DAY:
11 a.m. EDT
Indianapolis 500 Pre-Race Begins – Mostly sunny, Hot & Humid – temp: 87
12 p.m. EDT
96th Running of the Indianapolis 500 – Mostly sunny, Hot & Humid – temp: 90
1 p.m. EDT
Indianapolis 500 – Mostly sunny, Hot & Humid – temp: 92
3 p.m. EDT
Indianapolis 500 – Mostly sunny, Hot & Humid – temp: 94

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Indianapolis 500 Parade 2012: IPL 500 Festival Parade Set For Saturday

Saturday is a special day in Indianapolis. Not only is it Legends Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday is also the host to the 2012 Indianapolis 500 Parade, as the IPL 500 Festival Parade will make its way through Indianapolis.

This year's Grand Marshal for the parade is none other than four-time Grammy Award winner and author Olivia Newton John. Other celebrities involved in this year's parade include Gladys Knight, Jana Kramer, Guy Fieri, Patriots fan extraordinaire Maria Menounos, Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, first-year coach for the Colts Chuck Pagano, Admiral James A. Winnefield, Jr., Florence Henderson and many more.

The Indianapolis 500 Parade is among the country's most popular parades, behind only the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade held on New Year's Day in conjunction with the Rose Bowl. The IPL 500 Festival Parade has been held each year since 1957, and it has since blossomed into the summer parade in the United States.

Fans looking to catch the parade live in Indianapolis can find the parade route here.

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Indianapolis 500 Schedule 2012: Saturday Is Legends Day

Though the main event, you know, the actual running of the Indianapolis 500, isn't until Sunday, there's still a fun day scheduled for Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Saturday is Legends Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and fans of all ages should enjoy seeing some of racing's all-time greats come out in the ceremonial event.

This is what fans can expect at Legends Day, per the Indy 500's official website:

Legends Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is packed with fun and exciting events for fans of all ages. The day kicks off with an autograph session featuring all 33 drivers in the starting field. From there, drivers head trackside to receive rewards and final instructions from race control. As drivers head down for the parade, the off track activities continue for race fans. There is a memorabilia show, vintage race car display, and autograph sessions with legendary drivers!

Gates open for fans at 8 a.m, and the full schedule of Saturday's events is as follows:

8:01 am - Legends Club Opens -
8 am - Public Gates Open -
9 am - 10:00 am - Autograph Session -
9 am - 4:00 pm - Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia Show - Plaza Pavilion
9:20 am - 10:20 am - Vintage Racing On-Track -
10:30 am - Public Drivers Meeting -
11:15 am - Roger Penske Q&A - Coke Stage, Plaza
1 pm - Indianapolis 500 Veterans Autograph Session "A" -
3 pm - Indianapolis 500 Veterans Autograph Session "B" -
6 pm - Public Gates Close -

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2012 Indianapolis 500: Driver Profile Of Pole Winner, Ryan Briscoe

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 runs this Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and driver Ryan Briscoe is on the pole. Briscoe, who hails from Sydney, Australia, won the pole by the narrowest margin in the history of the event: 9.168 inches.

The Washington Post has profiles on all 33 drivers in Sunday's race. Here's what they had to say about Briscoe and be sure to check the profiles of the other drivers as well:

Has fared much better at odd-numbered races than even-numbered ones this season, finishing fifth, 14th, seventh and 25th. Has been among top six in points each of past four years but never won title. Career-best finish at Indy was fifth in 2007 driving for Roger Penske's son, Jay. Best Indy finish since moving to better known Team Penske was 15th in 2009. Started 26th, finished 27th at Indy in 2012.

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Indianapolis 500 2012 Qualifying Results, Bump Day: Field Set With Ryan Briscoe On The Pole

The field is set for next week's Indianapolis 500 with Ryan Briscoe taking the pole. The Fast Nine including Briscoe grabbed their spots on Saturday and the Bump Day field sorted itself out on Sunday.

James Hinchcliffe will start on the outside in the No. 2 position while Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Will Power round out the top five.

Here is a look at the starting lineup for the 2012 Indianapolis 500:

1. Ryan Briscoe
2. James Hinchcliffe
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay
4. Marco Andretti
5. Will Power
6. Helio Castroneves
7. Josef Newgarden
8. Tony Kanaan
9. EJ Viso
10. Rubens Barrichello
11. Alex Tagliani
12. Graham Rahal
13. Ana Beatriz
14. Charlie Kimball
15. Scott Dixon
16. Dario Franchitti
17. James Jakes
18. JR Hildebrand
19. Taukma Sato
20. Townsend Bell
21. Justin Wilson
22. Michel Jourdain
23. Simon Pagenaud
24. Sebastian Saavedra
25. Sebastien Bourdais
26. Wade Cunningham
27. Oriol Servia
28. Ed Carpenter
29. Mike Conway
30. Katherine Legge
31. Bryan Clauson
32. Simona De Silvestro
33. Jean Alesi

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2012 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying, Bump Day: Start Time, TV Schedule, Radio And More

Indianapolis 500 qualifying continues on Sunday with Bump Day where everyone who has not qualified for the big race gets their opportunity to grab a spot.

Nine racers who hold the fastest times from Saturday's qualification round have their tickets punched already for next weekend's race. Everyone else is fighting to get into the 33 car field and that is where Sunday comes in. This is the final chance for anyone who struggled on Saturday can come back on Sunday and try to place in the top 24 times on Sunday.

Here's the schedule of events for today's ongoings at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All times are Eastern:

9am - 10am - Indianapolis 500 Practice

10:15am - Armed Forces Enlistment Ceremony Begins

Noon - Qualifications Begin

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Indianapolis 500 2012 Weather, Bump Day: Warm Sunny Day Expected For Sunday

Beautiful weather is expected again for Sunday's bump day qualifying at the Indianapolis 500. Temperatures in the middle to upper 80s are expected with a slight breeze of about 8 to 12 mph. If there is a concern then it could be the wind which will present drivers with a head wind along the front stretch and a tail wind along the back stretch.

Here is a look at Sunday's weather forecast for Bump Day qualifying:

SUNDAY:
9 a.m. EDT
Indy 500 Bump Day practice – Mostly sunny skies – temp: 72
12 p.m. EDT
Indy 500 Bump Day qualifying – Mostly sunny skies – temp: 82
2 p.m. EDT
Indy 500 Bump Day qualifying – Partly sunny skies – temp: 85
4 p.m. EDT
Indy 500 Bump Day qualifying – Partly sunny skies – temp: 87
5 p.m. EDT
Indy 500 Bump Day qualifying – Partly sunny skies – temp: 87
6 p.m. EDT
Indy 500 Bump Day qualifying – Partly sunny skies – temp: 85

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2012 Indy 500 Qualifying, Pole Day: Start Time, TV Schedule, Radio And More

IndyCar racing fans and red-blooded Americans can rejoice: it's pole day for the 2012 Indianapolis 500.

Drivers and race teams will do their best in four-laps to qualify for the Indy 500. Each racing team will run four laps, with the 24 cars with the fastest four-lap average qualifying for IndyCar's most prestigious event. After that, the top nine cars will then run an addition three-laps, as they all race for the pole.

The top nine cars are scheduled to race for the pole beginning at 3:30 p.m. CT, and will eventually be followed by the Pole Award presentation, tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. CT.

As always, qualifying and the entire Indianapolis 500 will be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Qualifying begins at 11 a.m. ET, 10 a.m. CT, and televised coverage can be found on NBC Sports Network.

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