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2012 Indy 500 Results: Dario Franchitti Outlasts Takuma Sato For Controversial Win

The 2012 Indy 500 is over, with Dario Franchitti winning his third and Takuma Sato bowing out late in a crash you haven't heard the last about.

May 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti (50) gets past Takuma Sato (15) as Sato crashes into the wall on the last lap of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
May 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti (50) gets past Takuma Sato (15) as Sato crashes into the wall on the last lap of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 Indy 500 is in the books, but Indianapolis Motor Speedway was home Sunday to a controversial ending that's likely to outlast the initial press rush following Dario Franchitti's win, his third career Indy 500 victory. The controversy comes from a last-lap crash that sent Takuma Sato spiraling out of contention. Sato claims Franchitti was directly responsible for the accident, while Franchitti believes it happened independently. Click the video at the link—unfortunately for us, from a less-than-ideal angle—and be the judge yourself. SB Nation's Jeff Gluck was at the race to provide some instant analysis:

Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Oriol Servia, and Ryan Briscoe round out the Top 5; Takuma Sato, who moved to IndyCar from Formula One before the 2010 season, ended up finishing No. 17 after the crash, which no doubt added to his ire in the immediate aftermath of the race. For more on the just-completed 2012 Indy 500, check out SB Nation's storystream, updated automatically as news breaks and with analysis from our team of racing writers.