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Ganassi basks in historic Indy 500 triumph

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Ganassi basks in historic Indy 500 triumph

By Ralph N. Paulk
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS — Chip Ganassi's smile was as wide as the Brickyard is long when he embraced Jamie McMurray and Dario Franchitti on the morning after becoming the first owner to win the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 in the same year.

Ganassi, a Fox Chapel native, spent nearly two hours yesterday posing for pictures with his drivers and trophies — the Harley J. Earl (Daytona 500) and the Borg-Warner (Indianapolis 500).

Ganassi — now a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner — hadn't grasped the magnitude of the moment. He couldn't bring into focus the big picture of his accomplishment and its impact on auto racing.

Randy Bernard, president of the Indy Racing League, said Ganassi's feat is among the most memorable in sports.

"Chip was the best team owner, and Dario was the best driver," Bernard said. "This is something that will be etched in my mind for the rest of my life."

It, too, is a moment Ganassi will remember, in part, because he shared it with his father, who introduced him to the sport by putting him behind the wheel of a go-kart.

"It was special having my father here," said the Duquesne graduate, who opted for auto racing over business school. "I think about all the fun we've had over the years and the races he's gone to. We just gave each other a big hug — that's all."

After completing an exhausting round trip to Charlotte, N.C. where he watched McMurray battle winner Kurt Busch for the checkered flag in the Coca-Cola 600, Ganassi began to sense just how big a deal it is to sweep the biggest races on the NASCAR and Indy Racing League circuits.

"I wish I had some wonderful, philosophical saying, but the fact is, I'm lucky to have the people I work with to accomplish these things," Ganassi said as he nibbled on a plate of fruit inside an empty hospitality suite. "I'm sure some day it will hit me harder than it did (Sunday).

"It was a big day. To do this for a living and have our success is a dream come true.

"I guess you have it in the back of your mind, but you never think you can do it," Ganassi added. "It's a goal you're always shooting for, but it's kind of surreal right now."

Until a late crash triggered some anxieties, particularly with fuel, Ganassi was confident Franchitti would win soon after Jack Nicholson waved the green flag to signal the start of the 94th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"I told the guys on the way back from Charlotte that what stood me up in my seat was the start of the race," Ganassi said. "It was Dario's way of saying, 'I'm a contender, and you have to beat me if you want to win this race,' and that kind of set the tone for the race."

Franchitti took charge early as he pulled ahead of Will Power, then pole-sitter and defending champion Helio Castroneves before their powerful Dallara-Honda machines roared through Turn 2 of the 2.5-mile oval.

In contrast, McMurray didn't seriously challenge at Daytona International Speedway until the final green-white checkered restarts. He vaulted into the lead with a lap remaining then held off Dale Earnhardt Jr.

McMurray, in his second stint with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, was determined to share the moment with Ganassi. Despite a long night in which he nearly gave Ganassi the daily double - Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 - McMurray made a surprise visit to the Brickyard.

"I thought about it before the race," McMurray said. "To have both of those trophies on the same straightaway, it's special and historic.

"I didn't see him at the (Charlotte) race. We talked for about 15 seconds on the radio."

Only a few hours after he and Franchitti drank a traditional bottle of milk on Victory Lane, Ganassi was on pit road at the Charlotte Motor Speedway offering words of encouragement to McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya, who gave Ganassi his first Borg-Warner Trophy in 2000.

"One less yellow (flag), and we're winners down there," Ganassi said. "I talked to Jamie on the radio when I got (to Charlotte), and he was pumped up."

Ganassi, though, was still pumped after watching Franchitti fend off Dan Weldon, Marco Andretti, Alex Lloyd and CGR's Scott Dixon, who won the race in 2008.

"My immediate thought (Sunday) was, 'It's our race lose,' " Ganassi said. "After leading so many laps, it would have been a heartbreaker had we not won. When I got to Charlotte, Juan said (he) thought Dario was going to take my (IRL) most-laps-led record."

Actually, Montoya led 167 laps in 2000 en route to his only victory at the Brickyard. Franchitti, who won here in 2007 for Andretti-Green Racing, led a race-high 155 of 200 laps.

Already, Ganassi has in his rear view mirror one of the most significant accomplishments in auto racing history.

"Right now, we want to win the next race," Ganassi said. "It's all we try to do. It's how we operate."

Franchitti agrees.

"All Chip wants to do is win," said Franchitti, who took countless snapshots with his wife, actress Ashley Judd, and their two dogs during the traditional post-race photo session. "If you take your eye off the ball, he'll let you know."

Ralph N. Paulk can be reached at or 412-320-7923 .

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Indy 500 Results for May 30, 2010 - Dario Franchitti Wins!

Indy 500 Results for May 30, 2010 - Dario Franchitti Wins!
May 30, 2010 10:47 PM EDT (Updated: May 31, 2010 12:39 AM EDT)
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Sunday, May 30, 2010 was host to the 94th race of the Indy 500, and though there were few surprises, it still found a way to not disappoint. Dario Franchitti won the event for the second time in his racing career. He took a gamble on the last lap of the race, with a gas tank screaming empty. No one on the Target Chip Ganassi crew knew if he could sustain the remaining lap without a pit stop. Tony Kanaan was not willing to take such a risk, and as Dario’s biggest threat at the time, he ducked out to refuel, knocking himself out of the running. Franchitti was able to hold off the pack for the greater part of the race, and his chance on the lack of fuel, ultimately paid off.

There were a few others to watch out for when the final lap rolled around. It seems as though ‘to fuel or not to fuel’ was this race’s toughest decision. All these crazy stops for the gasoline pushed Dan Wheldon into the second place position. This is also the part when Mike Conway decided to spice things up and flip his car in the last minutes of the race. Hitting the concrete wall, his cockpit landed inches from Ryan Hunter Reay’s helmet. As the car incinerated, it was a miracle that no one was seriously injured.

Here are the top 10 for the 2010 Indianapolis 500:

1. Dario Franchitti (Ganassi Racing)
2. Dan Wheldon (Panther)
3. Alex Lloyd (Dale Coyne)
4. Scott Dixon (Ganassi)
5. Danica Patrick (Andretti)
6. Marco Andretti (Andretti)
7. Justin Wilson (Dreyer & Reinbold)
8. Will Power (Penske)
9. Helio Castroneves (Penske)
10. Alex Tagliani (Fazzt)
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Danica Patrick's roller-coaster week at the Brickyard started with boos and ended with hugs.

In between IndyCar's most popular — and most polarizing — driver might have grown up a little, too.

Patrick overcame a sometimes ill-handling racecar to finish sixth during Sunday's Indy 500, a remarkable turnaround after the star bashed her Andretti Autosport crew following a poor qualifying effort that left her frustrated and scared.

Her comments drew the ire of fans who are perhaps growing tired of Patrick constantly blaming everyone but herself when things don't go well.

She had a heart-to-heart with teammate Tony Kanaan following the incident, then accepted blame for criticizing her crew. If it rankled her crew, it didn't show.

Thanks to a series of nimble pit stops and some solid if not spectacular driving, Patrick ended up back in her usual spot at the treacherous 2.5-mile oval: inside the top 10.

Afterward she made sure to heap credit upon the same crewmembers she very publicly chastened during Pole Day.

"What can I say? The pit stops were great," said Patrick after posting her fifth top 10 in six Indy starts. "It was a little tough to pass but between the pit stops and the strategy, this is why we're in the top five."

Make that top-six, actually.

Patrick was bumped from fifth to sixth more than two hours after the race ended when officials ruled she and two other cars illegally passed Marco Andretti under caution in the final yards.

Even with the bump, Patrick's rise personified a resilient performance by Andretti Autosport, and she spent the postrace signing autographs and accepting hugs from fans stacked three-deep outside her garage.

Team owner Michael Andretti brushed aside criticism when none of his five drivers managed to crack the top 15 in qualifying. He knew the cars would be ready by Sunday.

"The whole thing is not to panic over qualifying," Andretti said. "We've been here so many times before. I listen to the drivers. When they say the car feels good, then that makes me feel good for the race, and that's what we had."

Tony Kanaan started last in the 33-car field and made it all the way to second before finishing 11th. Ryan Hunter-Reay ran near the front all day before running out of gas and colliding with Mike Conway with less than two laps to go.

"It was the way I was hoping it was going to go," Andretti said.

Particularly for son Marco.

The 23-year-old has struggled much of the season but put it together on Sunday at a track where grandfather Mario Andretti won 41 years ago. He started 16th but quickly moved through traffic while trying to chase down leader and eventual winner Dario Franchitti.

He almost got there before fuel concerns forced him to ease off the gas in the final laps.

"It's so hard when you're looking at the leader to just disregard racing him even if you feel that you have something," he said. "That's frustrating there."

Even so, the fuel-sipping strategy worked. Barely. Andretti had just enough to get across the finish line under caution to post his third podium finish at the Brickyard in the last five years.

"I never doubted that we would be in the fight," he said. "We would like to have won, but racing from 16th to third is something we can be happy with."

His joy, however, was not shared by teammate Hunter-Reay, who did little to hide his frustration after a late-race gamble to make it on fuel didn't pay off.

Hunter-Reay ran out of gas and was run into by Conway, who soared into the air and nearly came down on top of Hunter-Reay's No. 37 Honda. Hunter-Reay narrowly escaped injury, but his car was totaled. He finished 18th.

"In hindsight we should have stopped for fuel," Hunter-Reay said. "It's dangerous. ... There's no runoff lane. There's no bailout procedure. You've got to slow down or you're going to hit the car in front of you."

Hunter-Reay, who began the day fourth in points but isn't assured of sponsorship beyond next week's race in Texas, will have surgery on Monday after tearing ligaments in his left hand after being bumped by Scott Dixon while leaving the pits earlier in the race.

"It's stupid," he said. "There was no call for that."
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I'm glad her highness finished okay. Seriously, I like that when she carped about the car there were so many people ready to give her grief...and most of them are not professional drivers. That said, women often approach things differently than men, so it isn't surprising they might react in new and different ways as well.

This is the first year I didn't watch any of the race while it was going on in a very long time. Too much going on this year even to keep up with basics!

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