INDIANAPOLIS -- Dario Franchitti won his third Indianapolis 500 on Sunday in a thrilling finish to a race that saw a record number of more than 30 lead changes.
As the white flag waved for the last lap in the 200-lap race, Japanese driver Takuma Sato tried to pass Franchitti for the lead on the inside of Turn 1 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But Sato then lost control, spun and smacked the wall.
That brought out the caution period and Franchitti had his third Brickyard victory on a scorching hot day with temperatures in the low 90s. He also won the famed race in 2007 and 2010.
Franchitti's teammate Scott Dixon finished second, Tony Kanaanwas third, Oriol Servia fourth and pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe finished fifth.
Franchitti wore a pair of white-framed sunglasses as he followed the tradition of drinking a bottle of milk in Victory Lane, a tribute to Dan Wheldon, the two-time Indy 500 winner who was killed in a crash last October at the Las Vegas Indy 300.