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Dario Franchitti wins action-packed IndyCar race at Chicagoland

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Maybe the Izod IndyCar Series would have been better served to have an upset of some sorts Saturday night. Say, Marco Andretti or Dan Wheldon. Both drivers haven't been to Victory Lane in ags and were near the front the entire evening. Or maybe Ed Carpenter, who was in his first race since the Indianapolis 500.

Instead, it was the same old story at Chicagoland, as Dario Franchitti won thanks to a no-tire pit stop during the final caution period, allowing him to vault from ninth to first.

Car owner Chip Ganassi said that Franchitti had a fifth or sixth place car at the time and that it was the only way for the team to go after the win. A Ganassi car running in the middle of the pack at an oval? Believe it or not, that was the case until the final pit stop.

While Franchitti was virtually unchallenged over the last segment thanks to his car's downforce combination and the clean air, the race behind him kept the Sprint Cup at Talladega theme.

There was a track record 11 different leaders and double file racing was the norm. It wasn't uncommon to see three-wide moves down the backstretch and at one point late in the race, there was a four-wide battle for sixth going into turn one. It was, simply, the best example of how great the IndyCar Series can be.

Too bad no one was watching.

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