Indy 500 2012: Dario Franchitti Wins For Third Time As Takuma Sato Crashes Late

Dario Franchitti took the title at the Indy 500 for the third time in his career.

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Indy 500 Results And Recap 2012: J.R. Hildebrand Finishes 14th

The 2012 edition of the Indianapolis 500 lived up to all expectations, including a spectacular and frightening finish. Unfortunately, Sausalito native J.R. Hildebrand was unable to bring the checkered flag home to the Bay Area as he went for his first win in the world-famous IndyCar event.

Takuma Sato was in the lead heading into the final lap, but just after the white flag came out, Sato spun out and wrecked as Dario Franchitti went to pass. Franchitti picked up the win, while Sato finished in 17th place. As SB Nation's Jeff Gluck reports, Sato claims that Franchitti crowded him, but Franchetti sees things a bit differently.

After the win, Franchitti took a moment to pay homage to the late Dan Wheldon, who won last year's Indy 500 and died in a crash in October.

Here is the full 2012 Indy 500 order of finish:

1. Dario Franchitti
2. Scott Dixon
3. Tony Kanaan
4. Oriol Servia
5. Ryan Briscoe
6. James Hinchcliffe
7. Justin Wilson
8. Charlie Kimball
9. Townsend Bell
10. Helio Castroneves
11. Rubens Barrichello
12. Alex Tagliani
13. Graham Rahal
14. JR Hildebrand
15. James Jakes
16. Simon Pagenaud
17. Takuma Sato
18. E.J. Viso
19. Michel Jourdain Jr.
20. Sebastien Bourdais
21. Ed Carpenter
22. Katherine Legge
23. Ana Beatriz
24. Marco Andretti
25. Josef Newgarden
26. Sebastian Saavedra
27. Ryan Hunter-Reay
28. Will Power
29. Mike Conway
30. Bryan Clauson
31. Wade Cunningham
32. Simona De Silvestro
33. Jean Alesi

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Indy 500 2012: Dario Franchitti Wins For Third Time As Takuma Sato Crashes Late

After a tightly-contested, action-packed, high temperature afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dario Franchitti came out on top to take his third Indianapolis 500 under a caution flag on Sunday.

The 2012 Indy 500 finish was incredible as Japanese driver Takuma Sato, who was running neck-and-neck with with Franchitti, ended up wrecking at the end of the race as he attempted to make pass to take the lead. It was an absolutely amazing ending to a crazy day of racing, one that folks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will not soon to forget.

With 20 laps left, the field had already broken the record for most lead changes in the 96 years of Indianapolis 500 history, which could have been helped by the hot and humid conditions at the Brickyard today.

There was the last of seven cautions late after Marco Andretti crashed making the turn at Turn 1 with only a few laps left. The race went back to the green flag racing with six laps left just in time for a sprint to the finish line.

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Indy 500 2012 Weather: Record High Heat Hits The Brickyard

Fans and racers alike are in for some high stakes and extreme weather as record high heat is set to befall the Indianpolis 500 this Sunday, forcing race officials to take extra precautions for all involved at the Brickyard.

Temperatures are scheduled to hit the mid to high 90s during the race this afternoon, which could break the previous record of 92 degrees set way back when in 1937. Officials spent much of the week urging fans to be extra careful about the smoldering conditions, making sure to have portable misting stations around the venue for spectators to cool down as well as cooling stations with lots and lots of water.

Still, race spokesman Doug Boles said track medical personnel are expected to treat well more than 1,000 fans before the end of the race today, hopefully they can avoid any serious problems in the grandstands as well as on the race track.

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Indy 500: Start Time, TV Schedule, Live Race Results And More

After weeks of anticipation, the biggest IndyCar race of them all will take place on Sunday. The 2012 running of the Indianapolis 500 will commence at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Sausalito native J.R. Hildebrand will be trying to take home the most prized checkered flag of the year.

Hildebrand is slotted in at No. 18 in the starting grid and will be going for his first-ever win in the event as he pilots the No. 2 car for Panther Racing, running a Chevrolet engine. Helio Castroneves, who is No. 6 in the lineup, will be going for his fourth win in the Indy 500.

The 2012 Indy 500 is set to begin shortly after 9:00 a.m. PT on ABC. Cars will roll off the grid for pace laps at 9:04 a.m., followed by the green flag at 9:12 a.m.

SB Nation Bay Area will be bringing you results of the race on Sunday, so stay tuned.

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2012 Indy 500 Starting Grid: Ryan Briscoe Sits In Pole Position In 2012 Starting Grid

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday, and the Indy 500 starting grid is all set. Ryan Briscoe of Team Penske is in the pole position with a qualifying lap time of 226.484mph. Bay Area representative J.R. Hildebrande is in 18th position. The complete starting grid is below, and a picture-heavy layout with complete lap times can be found here.

Starting Position - Team - 4 Lap Average Qualifying Time

1. Ryan Briscoe, Team Penske -- 226.484 mph
2. James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport -- 226.481 mph
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport -- 225.722 mph
4. Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport -- 225.456 mph
5. Will Power, Team Penske -- 225.422 mph
6. Helio Castroneves, Team Penske -- 225.172 mph
7. Josef Newgarden, Sarah Fisher Hartman -- 224.037 mph
8. Tony Kanaan, KV Racing Technology -- 224.751 mph
9. E.J. Viso, KV Racing Technology -- 224.422 mph
10. Rubens Barrichello, KV Racing Technology -- 224.264 mph
11. Alex Tagliani, Bryan Herta Autosport -- 224.000 mph
12. Graham Rahal, Chip Ganassi Racing -- 223.959 mph
13. Ana Beatriz Andretti Autosport -- 223.920 mph
14. Charlie Kimball, Chip Ganassi Racing -- 223.868 mph
15. Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi -- 223.684 mph
16. Dario Franchitti, Target Chip Ganassi -- 223.582 mph
17. James Jakes, Dale Coyne Racing -- 223.482 mph
18. JR Hildebrand, Panther Racing -- 223.422 mph
19. Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan -- 223.392 mph
20. Townsend Bell, Schmidt Hamilton Racing -- 223.134 mph
21. Justin Wilson, Dale Coyne Racing -- 222.929 mph
22. Michel Jourdain Jr., Rahal Letterman Lanigan -- 222.893 mph
23. Simon Pagenaud, Schmidt Hamilton Racing -- 222.891 mph
24. Sebastien Saavedra, Andretti Autosport -- 222.811 mph
25. Sebastian Bourdais, Dragon Racing -- 223.760 mph
26. Wade Cunningham, A.J. Foyt Racing -- 223.258 mph
27. Oriol Servia, Panther DRR Racing -- 222.393 mph
28. Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing -- 222.324 mph
29. Mike Conway, A.J. Foyt Racing -- 222.319 mph
30. Katherine Legge, Dragon Racing -- 221.624 mph
31. Bryan Clauson, Sarah Fisher Hartman -- 214.455 mph
32. Simona de Silvestro, HVM Racing -- 214.393 mph
33. Jean Alesi, Fan Force United -- 210.094 mph


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Indy 500 2012 Schedule: Full Day Of Fan Activities On Saturday

J.R. Hildebrand will be representing the Bay Area on the 2012 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Saturday, however, will continue the weeks-long celebration and activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway racetrack and give the plans plenty more to do before the biggest IndyCar race of them all waves the green flag.

Hildebrand will be taking part in the autograph sessions on Saturday's Legends Day. All 33 drivers in the field will be signing autographs, as well as drivers from IndyCar's history. The day will also feature vintage car exhibitions, a memorabilia show and vintage on-track racing.

The day kicks off with the opening of the (unfortunately sold out) Legends Club, which offers a free buffet and complimentary bar to those lucky enough to get their VIP tickets early.

Here is the full schedule for Saturday's events. All times are Eastern.

8:00 a.m. - Legends Club Opens

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Autograph Session

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia Show - Plaza Pavilion

9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. - Vintage Racing On-Track

10:30 a.m. - Public Drivers Meeting

1:00 p.m. - Indianapolis 500 Veterans Autograph Session "A" Begins

3:00 p.m. - Indianapolis 500 Veterans Autograph Session "B" Begins

5:00 p.m. - Gates Close

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Indy 500 2012: Record Heat Forecast For Sunday's Race

Via the local Indiana Fox affiliate, we learn that fans and drivers who show up for Sunday's Indy 500 may be dealing with record heat.

If the current forecast holds, it could reach 94 degrees during the race with a 100 degree heat index, which factors in humidity. That would shatter the previous race day record of 92 degrees set in 1937, and could also break a 101 year record for the day.

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"I experienced mid 80's to high 80's and it wasn't bad," said Johnny Parsons Jr. who has driven in the race 12 times.

Parsons last raced in 1996, but he said current drivers and their crews are better equipped than ever with hydration during the race.

Drivers like the Bay Area's J.R. Hildebrand have an entire team to look after them, the fans in the stands aren't so lucky. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will make efforts to make the heat bearable, setting up extra cooling fans, misting stations, and two large walk-through cooling stations from the Indianapolis Fire Department.

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2012 Indy 500 Lineup: Pole Position Holder Ryan Briscoe

J.R. Hildebrand will be trying to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27. He'll have plenty of tough competition, including Marco Andretti, but the man holding the pole position in the famous race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is Australian driver Ryan Briscoe.

This is Briscoe's 11th career pole position. He has six career IndyCar wins, although his last came in 2010. The highest Briscoe has ever finished at the Indy 500 is a fifth-place finish in 2007. This is his first year driving the No. 2 car with a Chevrolet engine. His last five appearances in the Indy 500 have had him running a Honda engine. He finished in 27th place in 2011.

You can find complete information about the next week's worth of events on the official Indy 500 website.

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Indianapolis 500 2012 Qualifying Results, Bump Day: J.R. Hildebrand Will Start In The Middle Of The Pack

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 will be run on Sunday, May 27. J.R. Hildebrand will be representing the Bay Area as he tries to win one of the most prestigious and famous races in the world. Now that Pole Day and Bump Day are in the books, the entire starting lineup has been set for next Sunday.

Hildebrand will sit at No. 18 in the starting grid, well behind the pole position held by Ryan Briscoe, but not a terrible placement in the overall field of 33 IndyCar drivers who will be battling for the most coveted checkered flag of the year.

Here is the full starting lineup for the 2012 Indianapolis 500:

1. Ryan Briscoe
2. James Hinchcliffe
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay
4. Marco Andretti
5. Will Power
6. Helio Castroneves
7. Josef Newgarden
8. Tony Kanaan
9. EJ Viso
10. Rubens Barrichello
11. Alex Tagliani
12. Graham Rahal
13. Ana Beatriz
14. Charlie Kimball
15. Scott Dixon
16. Dario Franchitti
17. James Jakes
18. JR Hildebrand
19. Taukma Sato
20. Townsend Bell
21. Justin Wilson
22. Michel Jourdain
23. Simon Pagenaud
24. Sebastian Saavedra
25. Sebastien Bourdais
26. Wade Cunningham
27. Oriol Servia
28. Ed Carpenter
29. Mike Conway
30. Katherine Legge
31. Bryan Clauson
32. Simona De Silvestro
33. Jean Alesi

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2012 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying, Bump Day: Start Time, TV Schedule, Radio And More

J.R. Hildebrand managed to grab the No. 18 spot in the starting lineup of the Indianapolis 500 during Saturday's qualifiers on Pole Day. Sunday will bring Bump Day, however and there is a slim chance that Hildebrand might lose his spot as those who didn't qualify on Saturday will go for the final nine spots in the prestigious race.

Ryan Briscoe locked up pole position in the May 27 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the "Fast Nine" from Saturday's qualifiers are secure in their positions. Hildebrand will be hoping that those non-qualifiers from Saturday will continue to do poorly on Sunday.

Here is the full schedule for Sunday. All times are Eastern.

9am - 10am - Indianapolis 500 Practice

10:15am - Armed Forces Enlistment Ceremony Begins

Noon - Qualifications Begin

You can watch live streaming of Pole Day on the official Indy 500 website beginning at 9:00 a.m. PT.

You can find complete information about the next week's worth of events on the official Indy 500 website.

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2012 Indy 500 Qualifying: Ryan Briscoe Takes Pole Position, J.R. Hildebrand Will Be No. 18 In Starting Lineup

The 2012 edition of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 27. On Saturday, the first and more important of two days of qualifying took place at Indianapolis Motor Spedway. The pole position was set, based on an average speed of four laps. Ryan Briscoe of Team Penske will be holding down the pole next weekend in one of the most well-known races on earth.

Sausalito native J.R. Hildebrand had a strong showing with a four-lap average of 223.422 mph, which is good enough to slot the driver in at No. 18 in the Indy 500 starting lineup. He'll have a week to prepare for his chance at bringing home the checkered flag.

Here is the top of the pole with each driver's average speed after four laps.

1) Ryan Briscoe: 226.484
2) James Hinchcliffe: 226.481
3) Ryan Hunter-Reay: 226.240
4) Marco Andretti: 225.456
5) Will Power: 225.422
6) Helio Castroneves: 225.172
7) Josef Newgarden: 224.037
8) Tony Kanaan: 224.751
9) E.J. Viso: 224.422

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2012 Indy 500 Qualifying, Pole Day: Start Time, Streaming Information And More

On Saturday, IndyCar drivers will compete for pole position in the 2012 Indy 500. Bay Area driver J.R. Hildebrand will be among those competing on Pole Day.

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