Indianapolis 500: Dario Franchitti Earns Third Indy Victory, Marco Andretti Finishes 24th

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Indianapolis 500 Winner 2012: Dario Franchitti Earns Third Indy Victory, Marco Andretti Finishes 24th

For the third time in its 96th year, the Indianapolis 500 has Dario Franchitti in the winners circle drinking the iconic milk and kissing the brinks of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Franchitti held off Japan's Takum Sato, who was charging fast but wrecked in Turn 1 of the final lap which brought out a caution and ended the race.

Franchitti outraced second-place finisher Scott Dixon, who finished just ahead of Tony Kanaan, Oriol Servia and pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe, respectively. Sato finished in 17th place.

Marco Andretti, the son of Michael Andretti helps run Andretti Autosports, based in Nazareth, Pa., finished in 24th place after crashing with about 10 laps remaining. Andretti ended the day with 59 laps led, but encountered some vibration troubles with about 50 laps to go and crashed trying to catch up to the leaders.

Overall, there was a record-setting 30 lead changes among nine different drivers and sixth caution flags.

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Indy 500: Marco Andretti Crashes With 9 Laps To Go, Tony Kanaan Leads With 6 Remaining

After putting together one of his most impressive performance at the Indianapolis 500, Marco Andretti's day at the Brickyard ended before the race completed all 200 of its laps. That's because Andretti crashed his Indycar with about 13 laps remaining and has brought out the fifth caution of the day.

Andretti leaves the race as the drive who had led the most laps and was slowly moving his way up to the front after occuring some car issues around the 50-lap mark.. Currently, Tony Kanaan in first place with Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Justin Wilson behind him, respectively.

The race will resume with six laps to go, as the ending of the "Greatest Spectacle of Motorsports" is going to be an exciting one.

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2012 Indy 500 Live: Takuma Sato Leads With 50 Laps To Go, Marco Andretti In 16th Place

There's just 50 laps to go in the Indianapolis 500, and Japan's Takuma Sato is the leader. Sato, who took over the lead during a series of green-flag pit stops, is holding off Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe and Justin Wilson, respectively.

Marco Andretti is in 16th place and lost some ground on the leaders after he needed to pit because of some bad vibrations in his car. Andretti has led the most laps and was running in third place at the time of him pitting, so there's still hope he can pull off his first 500 victory,

The event has seen just four cautions and is being raced under the hottest condition its 96-year history as its 96 degrees at the Brickyard.

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2012 Indy 500 Live: Scott Dixon Is The Leader At The Midway Point, Marco Andretti Has Led Most Laps

The Indy 500 has officially hit the halfway point, and Scott Dixon is the race leader. Dixon is holding off Dario Franchitti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato, respectively. Marco Andretti, who has led the most laps of the race but surrendered first place because of a pit stop during a caution, is currently in 11th place.

Though, the ending is starting to shape out, the most excitement came around the 80-lap mark, when Will Power and Mike Conway were involved in a wreck. At first look, the wreck didn't seem bad, however, a replay of the crash showed Conway going airborne into the fence.

Luckily, Conway was able to walk away from the crash without any major injuries. Also, at the tail end of that crash Helio Castroneves just avoided being smashed by a tire from Power's car.

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2012 Indy 500 Live: Marco Andretti Leads A Quarter Of The Way Through

The Indianapolis 500 is now a quarter of the way thru and Marco Andretti is the leader of the "Greatest Spectacle of Motorsports". Andretti, who has led the most laps of the race so far, has been trading the lead with race pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe.

Currently, Scott Dixon is in second place, James Hinchcliffe is in third, Briscoe is in fourth, Takuma Sato is in fifth.

So far, the race has seen six different drivers lead the race and nine different lead changes. The leaders are running laps of about 216 miles per hour and everyone has just completed green-flag pit stops. There has been only one caution.

The weather in Indianapolis is beautiful and there should be no issue of rain or a cancellation of the race. If you'd like to catch the race on TV, it's on ABC.

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