Dario Franchitti held off a final-lap challenge from Takuma Sato to win the Indianapolis 500 for a third time in six years.
Dan Wheldon, who won his second Indianapolis 500 title five months ago, died of injuries suffered in yesterday’s 15-car crash that halted the Las Vegas Indy 300 auto race. He was 33.
When Michael Andretti started taping the “Celebrity Apprentice” season last October, he did so on 24 hours’ notice.
Jimmie Johnson, Nascar’s five-time defending champion, said he was “torn up” by Dan Wheldon’s death and that IndyCar should race only on street circuits and road courses rather than on high-speed oval tracks.
Dan Wheldon won the 100th anniversary edition of IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 for the second time after rookie J.R. Hildebrand struck a wall on the final corner while leading.
Dan Wheldon came through to win the 100th anniversary edition of IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 after J.R. Hildebrand struck a wall on the final corner of the last lap while leading.
Dan Wheldon earned $2.57 million for his second victory at IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500.
Dario Franchitti drove to his second victory in four seasons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, making Chip Ganassi the first car owner to win the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 in the same year.
Italian rider Marco Simoncelli died after suffering serious head, neck and chest injuries in a crash at yesterday’s Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. He was 24.
"As soon as I knew it was not serious, there was a little smile on my face."
- Dan Wheldon on May 29, 2011