INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - One lap to go, running on empty and a car
bearing down on his tail.
After having the dominant car and the perfect game plan, Dario
He got it in the form of a spectacular, airborne crash that
brought out a yellow flag and allowed him to cross the line with a
scant 1.6 gallons of fuel left.
That 1.6 gallons left him holding a quart of milk, a winner at
the Brickyard for the second time in four years.
"Still running," the winner told his crew over the radio as he
crossed the finish line, while wreckers were moving out to scoop up
debris from an accident that sent Mike Conway into the wall and to
the hospital with a broken left leg.
The victory made Franchitti's boss, Chip Ganassi, the first
owner to win Indy and NASCAR's Daytona 500 in the same year.
It validated the Scottish driver's return to the IndyCar circuit
two years after celebrating his 2007 Indy victory by making an
unsuccessful move with Ganassi to NASCAR.
And, of course, it made Franchitti and crew look like the master
tacticians they were on this day - working the gas pedal perfectly
to stretch their final fill-up for the last 37 laps and edge out
2005 champion Dan Wheldon of England.
"Just get to the finish, see if you can get to the finish,"