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Dario Franchitti

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The Grid: 33 Greatest Indy 500 Drivers of All Time—Ranked

We factored in the relative strength of competition, as well as personality, impact, and contribution to the sport. And, of course, we prized an appreciation for the institution and its hallowed traditions.

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Justin Wilson in Photos

“Justin was easily the most well-liked and well-respected driver in the paddock.”

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Photos: 2015 Indianapolis 500 Pre-Race

IndyCar drivers present and past gather at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for introductions ahead of the 2015 Indianapolis 500, as well as celebrities (Dave Letterman, Adam Carolla) and performers (Jordin Sparks, Straight No Chaser).

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Photos: 2015 Indianapolis 500 Carb Day

Racing greats past and present were in high spirits at Friday’s 2015 Indianapolis 500 Carb Day.

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Track Stars: Speedway Fashion Then and Now

Fans may struggle to make personal style statements at the Speedway, but drivers never have.

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Photos: Indy 500 Celebs' Best Red-Carpet Quotes

Dario Franchitti, on getting his first speeding ticket: “[My father told me] going fast was for on the track and not on the road—I was told that many, many times.”

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Josh Kaufman Tops List of Incoming Indy 500 Celebs

The Voice winner and Indy resident will join made-for-TV couples for the Memorial Day Weekend festivities.

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Photos: The Faces of IndyCar

Check out Shoup’s photos for up-close looks at some of IndyCar’s biggest stars—Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Simon Pagenaud, Bronte Tagliani, and more.

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IndyCar Meet-and-Greet: James Hinchcliffe

“I’ve sprained a wrist; I’ve separated cartilage between a rib,” says Hinchcliffe. “Even when I flipped a car, I walked away. This has been by far the most dramatic accident, I guess.”

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Tweets of the Week: Colts and Mastodons and Dario, Oh No!

Sports observers waxed sarcastic and mournful about the Colts’ ugly home loss to the Rams—but hey, they won four nights later! Meanwhile, Dario Franchitti closed his IndyCar and 500 racing career as the Indiana State Museum’s resident mastodon tweeted, “I’M STILL HERE.”

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Turbo: Can This Little Guy Save IndyCar?

To pitch a movie in Hollywood, you need to be able to summarize the story in 25 words or less. Writer-director David Soren only needed nine: “Like The Fast and the Furious, but with snails.”

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Indy 500's 1963 Winner Parnelli Jones Honored with “Baby Borg” Trophy

On the night of Jan. 16, racing legend Parnelli Jones joined a new era of racing history. While attending the Automotive News World Congress Dinner to present Dario Franchitti with his “Baby Borg” replica of the Borg-Warner Trophy that drivers have received since 1988, Jones was honored with his very own “Baby Borg.”

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Viewpoint: At Least I Didn't Ask for Dario's Autograph

When you’re a reporter, you’re supposed to keep fandom to yourself. Cheering (and, sadly, beer) is frowned upon in sporting-arena press boxes. There’s never a sign telling you not to; you’re just supposed to know, much the same as no sign tells you to wear pants in public. It’s okay to be breathless in your description of high sports drama, so long as the excitement is not tied to one side in the contest. And you’re not supposed to fawn over the competitors (a dictum many of ESPN’s reporters and commentators seem to have lain aside, but I digress).

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500 Champ Franchitti & More Party at Sensu

Top Indy 500 drivers—and their fans and arm candy—descended on downtown’s Sensu late Sunday night for the “Big Finish” party. First-time 500 driver Wade Cunningham hosted the affair, where dance songs zoomed by as uproariously as an Indy car, and where the day’s big winner himself elected to celebrate race night.

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Dramatic Finish: Two-Time Champ Franchitti Makes It Three

It was a race to remember, with Indianapolis 500 darling Dario Franchitti winning his third Borg-Warner Trophy and embracing both his wife, actress Ashley Judd, and his friend Dan Wheldon’s widow, Susie, with warmth to match the day’s second-hottest temperatures on record, 91 degrees.

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