Franchitti's victory popular, particularly with teammates

Dario Franchitti won the Indy 500 on Sunday, proving again that sometimes nice guys do finish first, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: May 28, 2007, 12:50 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dario Franchitti knew he had one chance to win the Indianapolis 500: Stay on the track and pray the rain came again before his fuel ran dry.

That decision changed his life. Franchitti, in many ways the forgotten man at Andretti Green Racing, won the Indy 500 by playing his hand perfectly at the end.

It's been a long time coming for a man who has spent 11 seasons as a competitive open-wheel racer but never quite made it to the center ring.

His big day ...

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