INDIANAPOLIS – Dario Franchitti gambled on approaching rain and won an abbreviated Indy 500 Sunday, driving slowly to the checkered flag in a downpour as teammate Marco Andretti's battered car was carried alongside down the final straightaway on a wrecker.
The race was interrupted by rain for three hours shortly after the halfway point and then, after a restart, was stopped after 166 of the scheduled 200 laps.
Franchitti, one of five Andretti Green Racing drivers, won it with pit strategy.
Kanaan appeared to have the race won when rain poured down the first time on lap 112, just four laps after he took the lead with a pass on Andretti.
Andretti, who lost this race last year as a rookie when Hornish passed him on the final straightaway, had slipped into the pack and was trying hard to move back into contention when he tried to make a pass in traffic and came together with 2005 Indy winner Dan Wheldon on the back straightaway.
Andretti's car veered hard into the outside wall, slid back across the track in traffic and flipped on its top after it hit the infield grass. It finally came to rest on its wheels and the 20-year-old Andretti was able to climb out uninjured.
"I'm one lucky guy," Marco said. "I'm so proud of Dario Franchitti."
Franchitti made a victorious lap of the 2.5-mile (4.02-kilometer) oval in the heavy rain as actress wife Ashley Judd, soaking wet in a summer dress, climbed the pit wall and dashed toward the victory celebration.
"It hasn't sunk in right now," Franchitti said. "To be a member of this club is fantastic. I kind of have half of an idea of what it means to win this race. I'm so happy."
It was a bittersweet day for the Andrettis, who haven't had much luck at Indy since Mario Andretti, Marco's grandfather and Michael's father, won in 1969. But this is Andretti Green Racing's second victory in three years.
Franchitti was fifth when the red flag came out on lap 113. After the restart, he drove into the pits, falling all the way to 14th.
"We cut a tire on debris and we had to make the pit stop," Franchitti said. "I can't believe it. It's the Indy 500."