In one of the most enthralling 10-lap stretches in recent years, Dario Franchitti won his third career Indy 500 title on Sunday with a strong showing despite numerous caution flags.
The race was especially notable for hitting a caution with just seven laps remaining, which set the table for a showdown between Honda drivers Takuma Sato and Franchitti heading into the final lap. As Sato began to make his move a bit too early, his car spun out on turn No. 2 and he proceeded to smash into the wall and signal the end of the race as yet another caution flag was brought out. Even though he was in a prime position to slide by Franchitti on one of the final turns, Sato's eagerness ultimately cost him a viable shot at glory in Sunday's historic event.
Winner of three Indianapolis 500 titles over the course of his career, Franchitti has now won with a yellow caution flag flying high above him as he approached the finish line on all three occasions, and benefited from a risky move by Sato to take the crown in today's race.