Dario Franchitti wins Indy 500
Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dario Franchitti took first place at the 96th annual Indianapolis 500 for the third time in his racing career. Franchitti’s win came shortly after his No. 10 Honda changed to No. 50—with a Bullseye serving as the zero—in honor of Target’s 50th Anniversary.
Franchitti won in a neck-to-neck battle during the last lap when driver Takuma Soto spun out into a wall. Fellow Target driver Scott Dixon followed closely behind Franchitti with a second place finish, proof that the Bullseye is bringing good luck to the racing world.
Established in 1990, Target Chip Ganassi Racing has been lapping competition for 23 years—amassing 86 victories and nine titles.
“Driving with a target on my back, literally, for the past four seasons, I’ve come to find not only what an incredible sponsor Target has been but what a truly amazing corporation they’ve become,” says Franchitti.
Dating back to the first race in 1911, there have been six three-time winners of the event (Louis Meyer, Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser and Helio Castroneves). All six of the three-time victors had different car numbers for their races. Franchitti became the seventh to accomplish the feat on May 28 and is serendipitously repeating history—he won the Indy 500 in 2007 in car No. 27 and finished first in 2010 in car No. 10.