INDIANAPOLIS -- In the end, it was simply Dario Franchitti's day.
Enroute to his second Indy win in four years, he led 155 laps, more than any winner since Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000. And at the end, after running away from everyone, he added insult to injury by fuel-mileage-ing everyone, babying his car to the finish while his pursuers all had to pit for fuel in the last 10 laps.
Hard not to like this win, even if Franchitti's never moved the needle for American racing fans. Hard not to like a guy who, when asked if his second win puts him on a plane with Scottish legends Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart (neither of whom ever won Indy more than once), he respectfully disagreed.
"I could win races, Indy 500s, for the rest of my life, till I'm 70 years old, and I still wouldn't be in the same vein as Jim Clark or Jackie Stewart," he said. "Those guys are absolute legends. I'm in awe of both of them."
Gotta love that. Then again, there are a lot of reasons to like Franchitti, as a colleague in the media center who'd never heard him talk pointed out.
"He sounds like Shrek," she observed.
Yes. There's that, too.