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Highlights from the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500

  • FILE - In this May 27, 2012, file photo, Takuma Sato, right, of Japan, spins in the first turn under Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, on the final lap of IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Bill Friel, File)

    FILE - In this May 27, 2012, file photo, Takuma Sato, right, of Japan, spins in the first turn under Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, on the final lap of IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Bill Friel, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 27, 2012, file photo, Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, and his wife, actress Ashley Judd, celebrate in victory circle after winning IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

    FILE - In this May 27, 2012, file photo, Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, and his wife, actress Ashley Judd, celebrate in victory circle after winning IndyCar's Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILe - In this May 27, 2012, file photo, Will Power (12), of Australia, drives under Mike Conway, of England, after they made contact in the first turn during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. High speed, risky maneuvers and a crowded field have always been a dangerous combination at the Indianapolis 500. But at a race that has too often ended in tragedy for drivers, crew members and fans, the most spectacular crashes are often the most unforgettable. (AP Photo/Tom Hemmer, File)

    FILe - In this May 27, 2012, file photo, Will Power (12), of Australia, drives under Mike Conway, of England, after they made contact in the first turn during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. High speed, risky maneuvers and a crowded field have always been a dangerous combination at the Indianapolis 500. But at a race that has too often ended in tragedy for drivers, crew members and fans, the most spectacular crashes are often the most unforgettable. (AP Photo/Tom Hemmer, File)  (The Associated Press)

RACE: 96th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 27, 2012

WINNER: Dario Franchitti

AVERAGE SPEED: 167.734 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Franchitti was getting pushed by Takuma Sato on the final lap when Sato challenged him low in Turn 1. Sato lost control as the cars touched, sending him into the wall. Franchitti went on to victory with Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon finishing second. The victory was Franchitti's third at Indy.

NOTABLE: Franchitti dedicated the victory to two-time winner Dan Wheldon, who had been killed in a crash at Las Vegas the previous October. The race featured the new Dallara chassis and reintroduced turbocharged engines. It also marked the return of engine manufacturer Chevrolet. Tony Kanaan led the race during a late caution as he tried to secure his first win, but he faded on the restart and finished third.