5 Reasons Why Dario Franchitti Will Win His Fourth Indianapolis 500

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Dario Franchitti Wins His Fourth Indianapolis 500: 5 Reasons Why

Dario
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Dario Franchitti could join the most exclusive club in motor sports on Sunday by winning his fourth Indianapolis 500.

Franchitti first raced at Indy in 2002, and over the nine years that he has been coming to the greatest race track in the world since then, he has posted six top-10 finishes. A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears are the only four-time winners of the 500. It’s been 22 years since the sport has had a four-time winner and for the first time since 1992, there will be two three-time winners starting the 500 mile race in Helio Castroneves and Franchitti.

It would be the safe bet to assume that Franchitti will win his fourth 500 in the next three to five years, considering Unser was 48 and Foyt was 42 when they won their fourth 500. However, Mears was 39-years old when he won his fourth, the same age Dario was when he won his third.

And in case you’re wondering, no, His divorce with actress Ashley Judd will have neither a positive nor negative affect on his chances this Sunday. In fact, if Franchitti feels the way I do, then we share a mutual happiness that she will be absent from the race this year.

As a three-time winner, it should come as no surprise if Franchitti ends up in victory lane at Indianapolis yet again, so why should we count on him to win his fourth this Sunday? Here are five reasons why.

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Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Ganassi
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If there was ever a team capable of putting a driver in victory lane, it would be the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team. Dario starts in row six in the 17th position and will have to work his way through traffic to get to the front. He will likely do his part to get the car to the front, but it makes it a lot easier when you have a team like his. Expect flawless pit stops and fantastic race strategy to move the No. 10 Target Racing Honda up to the front.

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Dario Is In His prime

Primetime
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The three-time winner of the greatest spectacle in racing is in his prime. Don’t believe me? Look no further than his accolades. The 11-year veteran of the greatest spectacle in racing has been the IZOD Indy Car Series champion four of the last six years — 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 — while winning three of the last six Indianapolis 500’s — 2007, 2010 and 2012. Having just turned 40-years old, the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver is beyond capable to continue his successful stride and become one of the greatest race car drivers in the history of auto sports.

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Been There Done That ... Three Times

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Al Unser Jr. said it best. Teary-eyed with a trembling voice after winning the closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history in 1992, Jr. said “You just don’t know what Indy means.” Well, Franchitti knows that feeling but even more, he knows what Indy means. For anyone who has reached the pinnacle of their sport, they know two things: they may never get to that point again while at the same time, they know how to get to that point again. Dario will use the motivation from both to get back to the winners circle for a drink of milk on Sunday.

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Money On My Mind

Mulah
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If I told you money didn’t matter, I would be lying. Last year, Franchitti took home nearly $2.5 million dollars for winning the 96th Indianapolis 500 and it should be about the same this year, if not bigger. The three years that Franchitti won the 500 have been his most profitable years in the circuit. If you thought Indy was just about a glass of milk, you have been sadly mistaken. There is a healthy amount of money that comes with winning the most historic race in the world.

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Chip Ganassi

chip
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Need there be any more said than the name Chip Ganassi? The owner of one of the most successful open wheel teams in the history of the sport has put five cars in the winner’s circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, four from the Indianapolis 500 and one from the Brickyard 400. Ganassi knows how to work Indy and push the limits of the track from the car setup to the in-race adjustments. It would be no surprise if he sees his fifth 500 win this Sunday with Franchitti.

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Dario Franchitti Wins His Fourth Indianapolis 500: 5 Reasons Why

Dario
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports Images

Dario Franchitti could join the most exclusive club in motor sports on Sunday by winning his fourth Indianapolis 500.

Franchitti first raced at Indy in 2002, and over the nine years that he has been coming to the greatest race track in the world since then, he has posted six top-10 finishes. A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears are the only four-time winners of the 500. It’s been 22 years since the sport has had a four-time winner and for the first time since 1992, there will be two three-time winners starting the 500 mile race in Helio Castroneves and Franchitti.

It would be the safe bet to assume that Franchitti will win his fourth 500 in the next three to five years, considering Unser was 48 and Foyt was 42 when they won their fourth 500. However, Mears was 39-years old when he won his fourth, the same age Dario was when he won his third.

And in case you’re wondering, no, His divorce with actress Ashley Judd will have neither a positive nor negative affect on his chances this Sunday. In fact, if Franchitti feels the way I do, then we share a mutual happiness that she will be absent from the race this year.

As a three-time winner, it should come as no surprise if Franchitti ends up in victory lane at Indianapolis yet again, so why should we count on him to win his fourth this Sunday? Here are five reasons why.

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Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Ganassi
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports Images

If there was ever a team capable of putting a driver in victory lane, it would be the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team. Dario starts in row six in the 17th position and will have to work his way through traffic to get to the front. He will likely do his part to get the car to the front, but it makes it a lot easier when you have a team like his. Expect flawless pit stops and fantastic race strategy to move the No. 10 Target Racing Honda up to the front.

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Dario Is In His prime

Primetime
Mark J. Rebilas-USA Today Sports Images

The three-time winner of the greatest spectacle in racing is in his prime. Don’t believe me? Look no further than his accolades. The 11-year veteran of the greatest spectacle in racing has been the IZOD Indy Car Series champion four of the last six years — 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 — while winning three of the last six Indianapolis 500’s — 2007, 2010 and 2012. Having just turned 40-years old, the Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver is beyond capable to continue his successful stride and become one of the greatest race car drivers in the history of auto sports.

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Been There Done That ... Three Times

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Al Unser Jr. said it best. Teary-eyed with a trembling voice after winning the closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history in 1992, Jr. said “You just don’t know what Indy means.” Well, Franchitti knows that feeling but even more, he knows what Indy means. For anyone who has reached the pinnacle of their sport, they know two things: they may never get to that point again while at the same time, they know how to get to that point again. Dario will use the motivation from both to get back to the winners circle for a drink of milk on Sunday.

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Money On My Mind

Mulah
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports Images

If I told you money didn’t matter, I would be lying. Last year, Franchitti took home nearly $2.5 million dollars for winning the 96th Indianapolis 500 and it should be about the same this year, if not bigger. The three years that Franchitti won the 500 have been his most profitable years in the circuit. If you thought Indy was just about a glass of milk, you have been sadly mistaken. There is a healthy amount of money that comes with winning the most historic race in the world.

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Chip Ganassi

chip
Brian Spurlock-USA Today Sports Images

Need there be any more said than the name Chip Ganassi? The owner of one of the most successful open wheel teams in the history of the sport has put five cars in the winner’s circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, four from the Indianapolis 500 and one from the Brickyard 400. Ganassi knows how to work Indy and push the limits of the track from the car setup to the in-race adjustments. It would be no surprise if he sees his fifth 500 win this Sunday with Franchitti.


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