Franchitti Takes Checkered at Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) In a thrilling seesaw Indianapolis 500,
Scotland's Dario Franchitti (fran-KEET'-ee) won in a rain-shortened
race after 166 of 200 scheduled laps. He's the first Scotsman to
win the Indy 500 since Jimmy Clark in 1965.
Officials called the race after 415 of the scheduled 500 miles.
Scott Dixon finishing second and Helio Castroneves
(kas-troh-NEH'-ves) third at the Brickyard. Sam Hornish Junior and
Ryan Briscoe round out the top five.
There were nine different leaders and 24 lead changes.
Tony Kanaan (kuh-NAHN') led the race after a three-hour rain
delay. But he dropped to 12th after a pit stop and a near-collision
with Jaques Lazier (luh-ZHEER'), who hit the wall in front of him.
Kanaan had worked his way to the front again before a crash by
Marty Roth.
Kanaan and teammate Danica Patrick headed back to the pits again
for what they hoped would be their final stops before the end of
the race. That gave the lead to Franchitti. Just after the restart,
Lazier hit the wall, and Kanaan spun his car sideways to avoid
Lazier. Shortly after that, another crash took out Marco Andretti.
Then, the rain started falling again, ending the race after 166 of
the scheduled 200 laps.

At Indianapolis Motor Speedway=
Indianapolis=
Lap length: 2.5 miles= (Starting positions in parentheses; all
engines Honda)=
Race stopped after 415 miles by rain=
1. (3) Dario Franchitti, Dallara, 166 laps, 151.774 mph
2. (4) Scott Dixon, Dallara, 166 laps, running
3. (1) Helio Castroneves, Dallara, 166 laps, running
4. (5) Sam Hornish Jr., Dallara, 166 laps, running
5. (7) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara, 166 laps, running
6. (12) Scott Sharp, Dallara, 166 laps, running
7. (10) Tomas Scheckter, Dallara, 166 laps, running
8. (8) Danica Patrick, Dallara, 166 laps, running
9. (20) Davey Hamilton, Dallara, 166 laps, running
10. (19) Vitor Meira, Dallara, 166 laps, running
11. (13) Jeff Simmons, Dallara, 166 laps, running
12. (2) Tony Kanaan, Dallara, 166 laps, running
13. (11) Michael Andretti, Dallara, 166 laps, running
14. (18) A.J. Foyt IV, Dallara, 165 laps, running
15. (26) Alex Barron, Dallara, 165 laps, running
16. (17) Kosuke Matsuura, Dallara, 165 laps, running
17. (14) Ed Carpenter, Dallara, 164 laps, crash
18. (21) Sarah Fisher, Dallara, 164 laps, running
19. (22) Buddy Lazier, Dallara, 164 laps, running
20. (15) Darren Manning, Dallara, 164 laps, running
21. (23) Roger Yasukawa, Dallara, 164 laps, running
22. (6) Dan Wheldon, Dallara, 163 laps, crash
23. (32) Richie Hearn Dallara, 163 laps, running
24. (9) Marco Andretti, Dallara, 162 laps, crash
25. (16) Buddy Rice, Dallara, 162 laps, crash
26. (25) Al Unser Jr., Dallara, 161 laps, running
27. (28) Jaques Lazier, Panoz, 155 laps, crash
28. (30) Marty Roth, Dallara, 148 laps, crash
29. (33) Phil Giebler, Panoz, 106 laps, crash
30. (24) John Andretti, Dallara, 95 laps, crash
31. (29) Milka Duno, Dallara, 65 laps, crash
32. (27) Jon Herb, Dallara, 51, laps, crash
33. (31) Roberto Moreno, Panoz, 36 laps, crash

Race Statistics=
Time of Race: 2 hours, 44 minutes, 3.5608 seconds.
Margin of Victory: 0.361 seconds under caution.
Caution Flags: 11 for 55 laps.
Lead Changes: 23 among 9 drivers.
Lap Leaders: Kanaan 1-2, Castroneves 3, Kanaan 4-13, Castroneves
14-17, Kanaan 18-26, Castroneves 27-40, Marco Andretti 41-46, Dixon
47-53, Kanaan 54-68, Dixon 69-71, Hornish 72-73, Franchitti 74-88,
Dixon 89, Michael Andretti 90, Kanaan 91-100, Simmons 101, Marco
Andretti 102-107, Kanaan 108-116, Marco Andretti 117, Kanaan
118-136, Franchitti 137-143, J.Lazier 144-145, Kanaan 146-154,
Franchitti 155-166.
Point Standings (After 5 of 17 races): 1. Dixon, 184. 2,Wheldon,
183. 3,Franchitti, 181. 4,Castroneves, 171. 5(tie),Kanaan and
Hornish, 151. 7,Scheckter, 130. 8,Sharp, 110. 9,Patrick, 109.
10,Meira 103.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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