Updated 05/27/2012 07:43 PM
Franchitti wins Indianapolis 500, his third
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dario Franchitti has won the Indianapolis for the third time, taking advantage when Takuma Sato crashed on the final lap.
The Japanese driver went for the lead going into the first turn, pulled even with Franchitti but got too low, and it sent him into the outside wall. Sato's car barely missed Franchitti, who coasted across the line under a yellow caution flag to become the 10th driver to win at least three Indy 500s.
Franchitti's teammate, Scott Dixon, finished second. Tony Kanaan, who had the lead off the last restart with six laps to go, settled for third on a blistering day at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Andretti can't break Indy 500 curse
Marco Andretti has not been able to end the family's curse at Indianapolis.
Late in Sunday's race, Andretti's No. 26 car dipped below the white line and spun into the outside wall in the first turn during the Indianapolis 500.
Andretti appeared to be OK, climbing out of the cockpit.
It was the latest blow to the family that reached Victory Lane in 1969 with Mario Andretti, but has had nothing but bad luck on the Brickyard's historic 2.5-mile oval since then.
Marco Andretti had one of the fastest cars this month and was running among the leaders through most of the first half of Sunday's race. But he started losing positions after he developed a vibration in the car and later hit the wall.
Heat approached record for Indy 500, but not quite
The Indianapolis 500 is in the record books, but it won't go down as the hottest race day ever.
The National Weather Service in Indianapolis says the temperature at the end of the race was 91 degrees. That's one degree shy of the race-day record of 92 set in 1937.
Temperatures at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway likely felt warmer. National Weather Service meteorologist Marc Dahmer said the temperature at the speedway likely was higher than the one officially recorded at the city airport because of the amount of pavement, the heat generated by the cars and the number of people gathered in such a small area.
Track officials had spent much of the week warning fans to take precautions against expected highs in the mid-90s.