IndyCar » Indy 500: Franchitti, Sato row over crash


The Indianapolis 500 was decided by a controversial crash at the start of the final lap of the race; did Franchitti cause it intentionally, or was it a case of red mist from Sato?

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Geoffry , you are 100% correct , Sato was robbed. Franchiitti is part of the Indy establishment and he did not leave room for Sato but drove him down where there was little or no grip, he deliberately squeezed Sato , it was a schumacheresque move and he got away with it scot free ( no pun intended) Indycar is more of a circus than F1 and is not governed evenly or properly

Ben M - Unregistered

May 28, 2012 12:56 PM

Although I was cheering for Sato, it was a very late lunge into turn 1 that could have been left until turn 3. But his win-or-crash driving style is why we love him.

Indycar - Unregistered

May 28, 2012 1:07 PM

Sato's problem was the white line. Driver's were crashing on it all day. He was a little too ambitious and should have waited a little longer. It was a bonzai move that didn't work out.

Indycar - Unregistered

May 28, 2012 1:07 PM

Sato's problem was the white line. Driver's were crashing on it all day. He was a little too ambitious and should have waited a little longer. It was a bonzai move that didn't work out.

gaz - Unregistered

May 28, 2012 2:11 PM

To me if Sato had stayed behind Franchitti and then slip streamed him down the next straight, because the new turbo engines take time to get back up to full power, Sato would have won that race, Sato was a bit to keen.

Mart247 - Unregistered

May 28, 2012 2:12 PM

I don't see the issue, there wasn't enough of a gap when he made the move as DF was entitled to move, as the rules stated to defend and that's that. It was down to Dario to move out the way to avoid it and why would he do that ? It's a story but in this case he was right. Had Sato taken them both out, who would be to blame, I bet you'd all been blaming Sato. Youth over experience, did anyone hear Rahl calm his driver down mid race, the writing was on the (outside concrete) wall.

Ranger - Unregistered

May 28, 2012 2:32 PM

Franchitti followed the rules to the letter. He could have allowed Sato more room, but why would ANY racing driver do that on the last lap of of a 3 million dollar (US) race. Drivers (including Sato) had been passing on the finishing straight (before the start/finish line) all day, Sato could have and should have waited. Having said that, I don't blame Sato in the least for going for it. Waiting is easier said than done, when so much is at stake. Congrats to Dario, and thanks for the kind words about Dan.

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